Members of Twerwaneho, a radio Listeners Club in Fort Portal have petitioned the Uganda Human Rights commission, complaining about police harassment. The protests come after two members of the club Joram Bitamanya and Gerald Kankya were summoned to Fort Portal police station early today to write statements in connection to their utterances in a talk show on life FM. During the show the panelists reportedly ordered President Yoweri Museveni to release the report into the death of Brigadier Noble Mayombo. During the programme on Saturday afternoon, the panelists threatened to demonstrate if President Museveni does not make public the report into the death of Mayombo. Mayombo who was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defense died in 2007. In the letter to the commission signed by Prosper Busingye, the secretary of the club says that the actions of the police violate the right of free speech. Busingye says that it is a right for the people in the Rwenzori region and the country to know what killed Mayombo. He also says that some of the club members are receiving text messages from unknown people threatening to hurt them if they continue appearing on political talk shows that are aired on radio stations in Fort Portal. Twerwaneho listeners club was formed last year after the Twerwaneho (Lets struggle for ourselves ) talk show was banned on the orders of Martin Abilu the then Western Region Police Commander. Police claims that the talk show which was being aired on Voice of Tooro and Life F.M radio stations every Tuesday and Thursday was critical of the NRM government and Tooro kingdom. Police also claims that the panelists were inciting the people against some political and Kingdom officials.
Updated: 24 May, 11:4011:40
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A Journalism graduate, Kajubu started out as a freelancer for The New Vision newspaper in 2004 based in Fort Portal, Kabarole.
Kajubu is interested in public policy, politics, health, crime and the environment. He is a trainer with Farm Radio International (FRI) and chairperson of the Tooro Median Practitioners Association (TOMPA).