POLICE BLOCK NORBERT MAO’S JINJA RADIO SHOW
By Mulengera Reporter
Police has warned Jinja’s Victoria Broad Link radio against hosting Democratic Party (DP) president general Norbert Mao for a Sunday talk show.
The station manager had, on July 29, written to Kiira Regional Police and the Jinja Covid19 Taskforce informing them that the radio would host Mao on a talk show, either physically or via Zoom.
But the Taskforce, which Kiira Regional Police’s Dauda Hiriga says met on July 31 in the office of the acting Resident District Commissioner (RDC) to discuss the station’s request for permission to host Mao, told the manager to desist from hosting the DP leader, who has also expressed interest in standing for president in the 2021 elections.
Hiriga told the station manager that hosting Mao would be irregular since the Electoral Commission (EC) has not yet allowed campaigns. Police also insisted it would not offer Mao security because doing so would overstretch the force’s capacity to make patrols during curfew hours.
The Covid19 taskforce allowed the station to host Mao via Zoom but ordered the manager to reapply and confirm with them on the use of remote means, and also agree to abide by the terms set by the Force, including ensuring that the program is not ‘political.’
Police has been on the alert to stop excited supporters from gathering around politicians after radio and television shows. Weeks ago, ICT and National Guidance Minister Judith Nabakooba warned politicians against allowing their supporters to gather at media outlets, saying such an action would aid the spread of Covid19.
Recently, MPs Ssemujju Nganda (Kira Municipality) and Betty Nambooze (Mukono Municipality) spent the night at the Kamwokya-based NBS TV to avoid being arrested by police for failing to observe the presidential guideline on curfew. Presidential aspirant Charles Rwomushana, who dared get out of the station’s building, was arrested while Kabula MP James Kakooza was allowed to move because he had UPDF guards.
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