find http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table-compat.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 26px; text-align: justify;”>“I am not surprised by what was done by the government because President Museveni and his regime have sustained for this long through the use of such means,” said FDC President, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi along Kampala-Entebbe road on Tuesday, Muntu noted that journalists play an important and significant role in the society and therefore need to be protected.
“We thought government would use civilized means to handle these matters but not what they are doing, using a lot of power,” noted Muntu.
He added: “The President has built a patronage network around him and also created a state of fear among the people to sustain himself into power.”
Muntu stressed that President Museveni has diverted from the main values that took them to the bush to earn power.
“What Museveni is doing now is not what we fought for in the bush. He chose another path and diverted from the principles we fought for,” said Muntu.
He added that the President has compromised the organs that are supposed to be independent and non partisan like the Police and the Army.
Not only has FDC criticized the police’s act towards the media houses, the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has also expressed it outrage.
ACME is a Kampala-based independent, non-profit organization committed to helping African journalists to seek and achieve professional excellence and improving journalism and mass communication in Africa.
Human Rights Watch has also demanded the Ugandan government to immediately end the politically motivated police intimidation of newspapers and radio stations and ensure that the media can operate freely.
In a press release defending their action, the police said they were responding to the failure of Daily Monitor journalists to “avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a.Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive”.
The statement stated: “Police shall continue to occupy and search the two premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations.”