Uganda Police last night stormed the broadcasting studios of Voice of Kigezi, an FM radio station in Kabale town, ordering for an ongoing program to be switched off.
The program which was being hosted by Namanya Santurina alias Kakyene and hosting Bishop Zac Niringiye and General Mugisha Muntu, had lasted for only 30 minutes.
The Police which had earlier on deployed heavily outside the station stormed the studios led by the Kabale district Police Commander Bosco Arop.
Arop ordered the program which had started at 9:00pm to be called off and asked General Muntu, the FDC party President and Bishop Zac Niringiye, the retired bishop of Kampala, to leave.
The move to switch off the station resulted into tension as hundreds of Kabale town residents pitched camp at the station demanding for an explanation from the police. The Police had earlier on deployed to block Bishop Niringiye and Muntu from speaking about electoral reforms but the two beat the security to enter the studios.
A visibly bitter General Muntu accused the Police of overstepping their boundaries and forcing them out of the radio program.
Bishop Niringiye told local media shortly after the program that he was not surprised by the Police’s action, saying that they had earlier in the day ordered Hope Radio and Kabale Freedom Radio not to host the program.
He says they will go ahead in conjunction with other activists to ensure that Ugandans are aware of the challenges the country is facing and what needs to be done to save it.
Kabale district Police Commander Bosco Arop told reporters that the group was aiming at inciting Ugandans against the Electoral Commission since they were talking about the electoral reforms.