Uganda: Man Held for Insulting President

Regulation & Policy

A man suspected to have insulted President Yoweri Museveni during a talkshow on NBS radio in Jinja has been arrested. Richard Ssenyonga alias Madiru was on May 21 picked by the Criminal Investigations Department boss Willy Panuha from the Bus Park in Jinja where he works. Eastern Region Police Commander Christopher Kubai told journalists on Tuesday Ssenyonga admitted having called the radio but said he was disconnected before he could convey his message to the President.

Kubai said immediately the talkshow hosts realised Ssenyonga's intention to embarrass the President, they cut him off and alerted police who started hunting him. Museveni, while on air during his recent campaign trail in Kamuli, asked residents to support the LC5 Chairman Steven Mubiru (NRM). In what went down as the first negative attack on the President since he started appearing on the radio, several callers referred to him as a liar for failure to fulfill his promises to the people of Busoga.

The Monitor (Kampala), 28 May 2007