RADIO One talk show host Kalundi SserumagaÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â has beenÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â arrested by Ugandan security agents andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â faces sedition charges and inciting violence, the Police said, writes Yasiin Mugerwa & Ismail Ladu in The Monitor.
Claiming that Mr Sserumaga committed ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œgrave offencesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, who had earlier ordered for the release of the beleaguered journalist on police bond, later changed his mind, and forwarded the matter for criminal investigation. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI dint know why Sserumaga had been arrested but after I got a brief from the people following the case, I discovered that it was not a simple utterance,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Gen. Kayihura said yesterday at a news conference in Kampala.
He added: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhat Sserumaga uttered was serious and can incite (violence). For this matter, I have now decided to leave this case to CID until they are done with the investigations.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
It also emerged yesterday that two journalists from Radio Simba; Andrew Benon Kibuuka and Gold Kimatono were suspended by the Uganda Broadcasting Council (UBC) for demeaning the President during their morning show Binsangawano.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â On Saturday the UBC boss, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi, had said it was Ssenkubuge Siasa, who also co-hosts the show with the two embattled colleagues, who had been suspended.
Responding to allegations that Mr Sserumaga had been transferred to the Joint Anti-terrorism Task (JATT) the Police spokesperson, Ms Judith Nabakooba said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s not true. We have him at Central Police Station and will be taken to court when we are through with the investigations.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
On conviction, Mr Sserumaga faces three years in jail.
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