POLICE ORDERS MEDIA HOUSES TO GIVE THEM DETAILS OF ROUTES TO BE USED BY THEIR NIGHT GUESTS
By Mulengera Reporter
Uganda Police Force (UPF) has issued orders requiring radio and television outlets to inform area stations of the guests to be hosted during programs that air during curfew hours.
The new directive comes on the heels of the arrest of presidential aspirant Charles Rwomushana by police as he was leaving the Kamwokya-based NBS Television where he had been hosted on the Barometer Akasameeme show last week. His fellow panellists Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze and Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda spent the night in the Media Plaza building to avoid being arrested and charged with flouting presidential directives on curfew hours like the former government spy.
Also, at the weekend, police blocked Democratic Party (DP) President General Norbert Mao’s show at a Jinja radio station, telling the media house’s manager that Mao could only be hosted via Zoom and that the station would face consequences if the program turned political. A request by the radio station to have the DP boss appear physically was rejected, with police arguing that the program would continue into curfew time, and that area police would be too overstretched to offer Mao security.
Now, according to Fred Enanga, the UPF national spokesperson, it will be mandatory for all radio and TV stations to notify police commanders of the areas in which they operate about their night program schedules, the guests , their home locations and the routes they will follow back home.
Enanga says that failure to do so will leave police officers with no option but to arrest such guests for violating the presidential guidelines on curfew, just like other categories of people who are not considered essential to be travelling during curfew hours.
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