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Unemployed Youth Mov’t Activists Arrested

Police arresting unemployed youth movement members from Kampala streets (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe)

Uganda’s first and only Sports dedicated television, drug help http://codefor.asia/wp-includes/class-pop3.php Sports TV Uganda, try http://couragelion.org/wp-admin/includes/plugin-install.php had for months been off air, case http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/lightbox/nine_set_vms_step1.php and is blaming it on government owned media giants Vision Group.

Official at the popular sports channel say they were put off air following an agreement they entered with Vision Group, which wanted widen its coverage with another English channel.

Sports TV was already very popular and covered the central regions of Uganda, stretching as far as Busia town on Uganda-Kenya border in the north-east, and beyond Kalangala Islands and Masaka town in the south-east parts of the country.

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In a letter they sent us today, which we reproduce below, the TV Company accuses Vision Group for switching them off and clinging onto their equipment:

“We haven’t been in touch for a long time and this is why: a few years ago, Vision Group asked us to help them set up an English Channel to widen their media offering to Ugandan audiences.

We entered an agreement to share broadcast time and Vision Group took over our equipment and started broadcasting as Urban TV.

We had our issues from the start – in the name of testing the signal they had completely taken sports off-air, not respecting what we agreed to do.

Anyway – they bought from UBC the frequency Urban TV is using now, and they started broadcast of Bukedde 2 on Sports TV’s channel.

Soon after, they took our station off-air. We asked for our equipment to be returned but Vision Group ignored our request and KEPT our equipment – complete Sports TV studio console, editing and playout equipment, studio-transmitter link, 3KWa digital-ready broadcast transmitter and 16-pannel omnidirectional antennae system.

Ugandans are deprived of watching free sports 24-7. Moreover, did you know that Sports TV has the rights to broadcast Fox Sports 24-7?

This is what is unfairly and unjustly taken away from Ugandans. We hope that justice will prevail soonest so we can resume normal broadcast and bring you the best Fox Sports has to offer, including local programs with sports news, society, entertainment etc.”
Youth under the National Association of the Unemployed (NAU) have decried what they termed as unnecessary police brutality exhibited by the law enforcement body last week that led to injuring of journalists.

Addressing journalists on Monday at JEEMA Headquarters, pill http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/layouts/fields/html.php NAU National Coordinator Doreen Nyanjura explained that it was unfortunate that police could turn against the members of the forth estate who she said play a  crucial role in the society.

“Everybody is in shock as the institution meant to protect us all is turning against everyone including the journalists. We challenge the state and police leadership to take action against the perpetuators of these horrible actions, erectile http://colbleu.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-file-upload-upgrader.php ” Nyanjura said.

Old Kampala DPC, Joram Mwesigye, was caught on camera beating up journalists with an electric wire as they covered a procession by NAU.

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura has since apologised for the mess and suspended the officer pending investigations.

Mwesigye was charged with malicious damage and assault at Buganda Road Court last week.

The youth said wrong elements continue to tarnish the police’s image

“This is why even if the state has produced Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye in court and subsequently granted him bail, we have assembled a legal team to institute charges against him for attempted murder on both journalists and our own members,” Nyanjura explained.

“We have faith in the courts of this country and we recognize that even in the Old Kampala DPC’s actions, he should be treated according to the law. The Court should act the way it normally acts in cases of similar public interest if the confidence of the common man is to be restored in the courts.”

Nyanjura added that they have documented a list of police officers whom they say have continued to brutalise Ugandans who should be brought to book and answer for their misdeeds against the citizenry.

She said police will not intimidate them from doing their work.

“We will continue with our planned rallies around the country in a bid to raise a voice in the demand for a conducive environment to achieve employment. We have made this part of our lives and therefore after being interrupted by police last week, on Tuesday (tomorrow) we are set to continue with our planned journey to the IGP to inform him of our planned rallies,” Nyanjura added.
At least 6 activists have been arrested in Kampala for holding an illegal assembly.

The National Association of the Unemployed (NAU) members were Tuesday marching to Gen Kale Kayihura’s offices at the police headquarters in Naguru when they were intercepted by anti-riot police personnel.

They were quickly dumped onto police trucks which drove to Jinja Road Police Station where they are currently detained.

The youth said they intended to deliver a letter to Gen Kayihura about their plans to resume their countrywide rallies of mobilising unemployed youth.

“We will continue with our planned rallies around the country in a bid to raise a voice in the demand for a conducive environment to achieve employment, online http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-admin/includes/ajax-actions.php ” said the coordinator of the group, story http://cmavie.tv/theliac/client/plugins/payline/paiement.php Doreen Nyanjura at a press conference on Monday.

“We have made this part of our lives and therefore after being interrupted by police last week, buy information pills http://chaudharylaw.com/wp-content/plugins/custom-contact-forms/classes/class-ccf-widget.php on Tuesday we are set to continue with our planned journey to the IGP to inform him of our planned rallies,” Nyanjura added.

Police maintain illegal assemblies disrupt the flow of traffic and usually lead to destruction of property.

But activists say government has not done enough to create employment opportunities for the youth especially graduates.

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