Moses Karangwa, the owner of City FM based in Jinja, has fired John Bosco Mwesigwa, the news editor at the station for covering Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi protests.
Kyagulanyi was on Wednesday morning arrested by police and it’s sister agencies in the Eastern District of Luuka as he attempted to address a Political rally in the area.
Kyagulanyi, commonly known by his stage name Bobi Wine is seeking people’s mandate across the country to replace the 35 year old ruler of Uganda in an election scheduled on January 14th next year.
Upon arrest, protests ensured in several districts and cities across the country prompting reaction from Uganda’s security Agencies.
More than 10 people were killed in Jinja, Kampala, Entebbe and neighbouring cities. All media houses covered the event.
However, the coverage of the Jinja protests by employees at City FM did not go well with owner Moses Karangwa, who also is the ruling party, NRM chairperson for Kayunga District.
He immediately sacked the news editor, accusing him of airing opposition stories.
“Mr Kalangwa has fired me from job, accusing me of writing and reporting stories from the opposition parties. I have been the News Editor for 96.0 City FM, Jinja.” Mwesigwa wrote.
It is not clear whether the editor has undergone any disciplinary measure before being sacked.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, through the Electoral Commission decreed that elections must occur in a rather scientific way, where candidates use media platforms to deliver campaign message. However opposition candidates in the Presidential race hardly get airtime on the different stations across the country.
The Executive Director, Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda Robert Ssempala condemned the act saying, “this is so sad indeed for our media, but more so, democracy.”
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