Police chief threatens to crash NTV scribe Ssenyonyi

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Joel Ssenyonyi

Kampala metropolitan police commander CP Moses Kafeero Kabugo has denied allegations that he threatened to crash NTV Uganda journalist, Joel Ssenyonyi‏.

Ssenyonyi, a news anchor and talk show host at NTV, said the mobile money protesters wrote to police about having a peaceful procession from Constitutional Square on the unfair tax.

“They received it but never got back to us, so went ahead with the procession and they foiled it.”

The demonstration went ahead leading to the arrest of Kyadondo East MP Bobi Wine, NBS TV journalist Raymond Mujuni, musician Alex Bagonza Apass and chairman Nyanzi, Bobi Wine’s brother.

“This afternoon I got a call from CP Moses Kafeero, commander Kampala Metropolitan. He promised to “crash” me because of my involvement in the protest against social media & mobile money tax,” Ssenyonyi later tweeted.

He added: “Nonsense! Away from this indiscipline officer, I’ll have the latest devts at 9pm on @ntvuganda.”

Kafeero denies

In response, Kafeero wrote a statement on police’s social media pages saying “the post by Joel Ssenyonyi that l promised to “crash” him is a lie and an act of DISHONESTY”.

“I want to set the record straight. I spoke to him and told him that I was disappointed with him having got involved in an illegal demonstration yet he and all the others know the requirements of the law on demonstrations and public processions.”

He added: “For him to tell a lie and judge me and call me names is unacceptable and regrettable.”

The exchange comes at a time police still tops other security agencies in the harassment and torture of members of the fourth estate.

 

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