Police Block NTV Journalists from Hosting Live Show at Besigye’s Home

Police yesterday blocked live broadcast of NTV’s Fourth Estate, a Sunday evening political show hosted by journalist Charles Mpagi.


The show was set to be televised from Kizza Besigye Kasanagati home, where the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) icon has been incarcerated since February 18th presidential elections.

Kizza Besigye siting alongside journalist Charles Mpagi, Daily Monitor political reporter Ivan Okuda and Nile Breweries’ Corporate Affairs Director Onapita Ekomoloit last night tweeted a photo saying that NTV cameras were denied entry.

“The NTV FOUTH ESTATE program to be held live from my residence today won’t happen. Police denied the cameras entry!” Besigye tweeted.

Uganda Police commanded by AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi grabbed all the equipment including video cameras and an Outdoor Broadcast Van (OB Van) meant to telecast the show.

Early this month, police arrested Bahati Remmy, a reporter with NBS TV who was reporting the arrests of FDC leaders at Besigye home in a live broadcast.

On February 27th, police also arrested Daily Monitor journalists Eriasa Sserunjogi, a writer and Abubaker Lubowa, a photo journalist who were picked from the environs of Dr Besigye’s home where they were keeping tabs on the developments at the home that is under police siege.

Many other journalists have also been arrested due to coverage of Besigye home incarceration.