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RDC Threatens to Close Lira Radio Stations

The committee headed by the Lira RDC, Milton Odongo accused the radio stations for disseminating false information which has since caused incitement of the residents against Asian traders in Lira town.

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Lira district security committee has threatened to close down radio stations.

The committee headed by the Lira RDC, Milton Odongo accuses the radio stations for disseminating false information which has since caused incitement of the residents against Asian traders in Lira town.

Threats against the Asian community follow the death of an 11-year-old boy, Dickens Okello a pupil of P.3 at Alito Primary School in Kole district. It's alleged that the boy was last week killed by two Asian traders, who are currently in police custody.

The suspects were identified as Vayas Fravey and Madmay Gaga, both cotton traders with Meenay Cotton Ltd at Odokomit Ginnery in Lira town.

Among the radio stations that were summoned for the meeting include Radio Unity, Voice of Lango, Rhino, Radio Wa and Radio Lira.

During a meeting with radio proprietors and owners, Odongo warned FM stations against inciting local people against foreigners.

//Cue in: “I have the power ….

Cue out: …to the public,”// Odongo said.

Peter Nkulegi, North Kyoga Regional Police Commander blamed the media for sensationalizing their reporting regarding the death of Okello.

However, Jimmy Ohuru Luis Onapa, the Managing Director of Radio Unity cautioned RDC and other leaders against intimidating media houses.

He instead advised the local authorities to work together with the media. He says that the police still owe the people of Lango explanations regarding the death of the pupil.

//Cue in: “No amount of intimidation ….

Cue out: …to blame any media house,”//.

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