Uganda: Radio Talk Show Case - Court to Deliver Verdict On Incitement Charges on September 9
The court in Uganda’s Kabarole District has set September 9 as the date when it will deliver a verdict on a case in which six radio talk show panellists in Fort Portal are accused of defamation, threatening violence and inciting the public against the government.
Police in Fort Portal in January 2008 arrested Joram Bitamanya, 25, Prosper Businge, 27, Gerald Kankya, 27, William Gonza, 31, Dan Rubombora and Steven Rwagweri for allegedly inciting violence and engaging in defamation.
It is alleged that on January 4, 2008, the accused appeared on Fort Portal based Life FM and incited the people against the government by accusing it of not prosecuting the suspects who destroyed the station's transmitter four months after the incident.
On October 4, 2007, unknown gunmen attacked Life FM's transmitter at Oruha Hill in Kyenjojo District and destroyed it using acid. The gunmen locked the guards in the guard room before walking into the control room where they poured acid on the machines. After the transmitter was replaced, the panelists allegedly urged people to demonstrate against the government.
They allegedly uttered false statements against Tooro Queen Mother, Ms Best Kemigisa, Fort Portal Municipality MP Steven Kaliba, NRM district chairman Godfrey Nyakahuma and Rev. Richard Baguma, whom they accused of masterminding the destruction of the radio transmitter.
The six allegedly uttered the statements during talk shows called 'Tooro Twerwaneho' (Tooro lets fight for ourselves) and 'Ensonga ha Nsonga' (issue on issues), which aired on Monday and Thursday every week from 10pm to midnight.