By Mukembo Wilfred
Journalist Abdallah Latif Mukasa who hosts a political show “the Hotline” which runs every Monday on the Alternative DigiTalk TV is living in fear after the raid of the station office on Thursday and arrest of eight journalists in addition to their Executive Director.
Speaking to this website, Abdallah Latif said they have failed to access their colleagues and now they are again mounting pressure on him and his other colleague survived the arrest.
“I’m living in fear, I have information that I am also needed with my other colleague who hosts a morning show. We have failed to access our colleagues and now they are again mounting pressure on us. This is not the Uganda we want.” Said Abdallah Latif
It should be noted that on Thursday evening Military police heavily deployed at the offices based in Makindye-Lukuli-Nanganda Road with no one allowed entry or exit and in the process various properties were taken and nine people were arrested before whisked away.
The arrested journalists include, the Digitalk programs director Mukose Arnold Anthony, the public relations officer Faridah Bikobera Lilian, Lilian Luwedde, Nabukeera Teddy alias Teangel, Mukiibi Jeremiah, Turyahabwe Rogers and Jeje Wabyona. It didn’t also spare the organization’ executive director Norman Tumuhimbise,
Alternative Digitalk is an online television platform owned by Norman Tumuhimbise who is also the national coordinator of the alternative movement, he is as well an activist who became popular for throwing branded yellow pigs in parliament and on Kampala streets.
On Friday morning, Human rights lawyer Eron Kiiza revealed that the nine people who were arrested during the Military Raid at the Alternative movement and DigiTalk TV studios are being detained at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Kireka.
The umbrella body that unites all journalists in the country, The Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) has since condemned the military raid at the Alternative Digi Tv offices, the arrest of journalists before demanding for their unconditional release.
The motive behind the siege is still unknown but Norman was planning to launch two controversial book titled; “The Komanyoko Politics -unsowing the Mustard Seed” and Liar and accomplices which are critical of the ruling government and President Yoweri Museveni’s leadership and its believed to be the motive behind the raid.
The book launch was scheduled for 30th March 2022 at Imperial Royale.
Security organs are still silent about the matter