Drama As Kabale Radio Panelists Escape Arrest

2016 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Kabale Freedom Radio talk-show panelists escaped from police officers who had gone to arrest them, allegedly on orders of the Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda.

There was confusion on Sunday evening at Kabale Freedom Radio after the Kabale Resident District Commissioner ordered for the arrest of Go-Forward supporters, who were appearing on a radio talk show. 

Panelists on the show included Wilkens Arinaitwe, Pierre Mbabazi, Moses Tahoreraho, Donatus Eguma of The Democratic Alliance and Joseph Tindyebwa of the Forum for Democratic Change party, as well as Moses Bwengye of the National Resistance Movement party.

Prosper Twebaze, the host of the weekend program known as Iraka Ryawe (Your Voice) says he had invited the panelists to discuss commercialization of politics in Kabale district.

However, after the show, they realized police had sealed off the radio and asked the panelists to go and see the RDC, Darius Nandinda at Kabale Police station.

The panelists refused and when the six officers decided to arrest them, they took off to different directions leaving the police officers stranded.
URN caught up with Moses Tahoreraho, who says the RDC had tried to misuse the police. He says they decided to escape because they were not sure of the motives of the police officers.

//Cue in: "When we went …
Cue out:…harassing us seriously."//

Pierre Mbabazi, who is also a Go-Forward mobilizer in Kabale and was part of the group accuses government and the ruling party of failing to utilize their time on radio.
//Cue in: "That the RDC…
Cue out:…others to mobilize."//

An officer at Kabale Central Police station told URN that the RDC had ordered for the arrest, because the panelists had described president Museveni as the one leading voter bribery in the country.
Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, Elly Maate says the panelists attacked the sitting president in the show, while the host is accused of failing to control his guests while on air.

The RDC, Darius Nandinda could not be reached for a comment on the matter since his phone contact was switched off.