Hope Radio station in Kabale was on Thursday rounded off and switched by security operatives after hosting former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Dr Kizza Besigye and other party leaders.
The two-hour talk show which started at 7:30 pm lasted for only 30 minutes.
According to Uganda Radio Network, Allan Twongyeirwe, the talk-show host said before the show started, he received a phone call from Darius Nandiinda, the Kabale resident district commissioner (RDC) ordering him not to host the FDC leaders.
Dr Joseph Tindyebwa, the FDC deputy national secretary general in charge of policy and research revealed that the radio was switched off after Besigye was explaining how former Hong Kong Home Affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping was recently handed a three year sentence in United States of America after he was found guilty of offering a $500,000 bribe to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa and $2 million to Chad’s President Idriss Deby.
The radio station was later switched on at 8:30 pm after the Besigye and his group had left. Nandiinda declined to comment on the matter when contacted. In September 2017, Besigye was blocked from entering Voice of Kigezi to conduct a live show on land matters. The radio management argued that they had been directed by Nandiinda not to allow him to appear on the airwaves.
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