“Orders from above” – Lira journalists rearrested after being “set free”


No freedom yet: Unity Radio's staff rearrested. Courtesy photo.

Lira – The district Police commander of Lira, Joel Tubanone has been ordered to rearrest staff of Radio Unity 97.7 Fm and their visitors who were released on Police bond – Monday evening.

After their arrest on Saturday afternoon following security raid at the radio station – the radio staff, some journalists, others top managers, including visitors found at the station were all arrested.

They stayed in police custody for three days and charged with threatening violence.

On Monday, the suspects were released on police bond and told to report for bond extension on Tuesday.

Read: Unity FM radio employees released, radio still switched-off

However, on Tuesday, they were told by DPC Joel Tubanone that a directive was issued from above to have them rearrested.

Aaron Olao, one of the journalists whilst a presenter with shut radio unity took to Facebook and wrote:

“Our bond has been cancelled. We have been rearrested. The Lira DPC says he has orders from above that we should be taken inside.

“All the 8 of us had appeared to extend our bond will be sent back.”

Mr Olao posted on Facebook

On Monday, this contemporary news website contacted Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] if she was aware of radio closure. However, an official who spoke to our reporter sounded unaware of any negative development on radio unity.

“Which radio is that?,” UCC official asked our news reporter, pledging to follow it up and revert.

This news website has exclusively learnt that teams from UCC and Unity Fm top managers were in a closed door meeting today in Lira town over the radio.

No outcome of that meeting has been made public.

Similarly, Lira district officials, headed by Lira RDC, Milton Odongo had a closed door meeting on Tuesday in the office of Lira LC5 Chairman, Alex Patrick Oremo Alot.


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