Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president also former presidential Candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye was again blocked from conducting his talk show at Mubende FM.
This happened on Thursday morning in Mubende District. Just few minutes into the show, police stormed Mubende FM and switched it off to block Dr Besigye from making his communication to the masses.
“After 10 minutes on air, via 106 Mubende FM Radio, the station was surrounded by heavily armed police officers and switched off from the mast! This is a repeat of what happened in Kabaale and Jinja. In Mbarara, we couldn’t even get to the Radio. We’re still inside,” Besigye’s tweeter post.
Martin Okoyo, police commander Mubende District, sent police officers to the station studios and dragged Besigye out.
The talk show host is Yusuf Kibalama, conducting Mizani programme, aired out at 10am to 11am daily on Mubende FM.
Mubende FM is situated at Pride Travellers Hotel, the same Hotel Dr Besigye spent a night in preparation for the talk show.
“When the talk show started and Col Besigye greeted the listeners, the police and the RDC Ms Mary Nyakwela, stormed the station and ordered that the talk show be stopped,” FDC president, Patrick Amuriat said.
Amuriat says Besigye’s schedule was that after the talk show, he was to hold two rallies, one in Kiganda sub-county and the other at Mayor’s Garden’s Mubende, but all arrangements were disorganised by police.
“We really don’t know police’s intention to block us from speaking to our supporters. Is it a crime to talk on radio?” Amuriat wondering.
According to Okoyo, Besigye’s visit to Mubende was not addressed to them and his talk show programme was intentionally meant to incite violence to the people of the area.
“There is no cause for alarm here. We are simply preventing him from committing a crime. We hear FDC are planning to hold rallies in the area but as police, we were not informed about their plans so that we provide them with security and therefore, their rallies cannot go on.”
Besigye talk show programmes have been blocked by police, few weeks back in Jinja, Kaabale District and Station switched off.