Miles Rwamiti, 3 journalists held in Hoima

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Miles Rwamiti, a former presenter at Spark TV who is vying for the Hoima East Member of Parliament on FDC ticket, along with four journalists were Tuesday arrested in Hoima town.

They were picked up on allegations of planning to stage an unlawful assembly in Busiisi cell.

Rwamiti was found with a group of Boda Boda cyclists who had barricaded the Hoima-Fort-portal road.

The cyclists had reportedly put sticks, stones and lit fire in the middle of the road protesting the arrest of one of their colleagues during the ongoing NRM primaries.

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The Albertine Regional Police spokesperson, Julius Hakiza, told Daily Monitor Rwamiti was detained at Hoima Central Police Station.

He will be charged with inciting violence, holding an unlawful assembly and malicious damage of government property because he was part of the group that burnt tyres on a government road.

Other journalists are; Joshua Mutale and Venex Watebwa, all members of the Water and Environment Network (WEMNET), a coalition of environmental journalists.

The two who had travelled from Kampala to Hoima District had planned to appear on Spice FM on Tuesday to sensitize the public about environmental conservation.

Police also briefly detained a New Vision reporter Ismael Kasooha and three other civil society activists on allegations that they entered Hoima Central Police station and started photographing police cells where suspects detained.

The four had gone to police in an attempt to secure the release of their colleagues, Mutale and Watebawa.

Under the campaign, some civil society organizations are protesting the alleged plan to turn part of Bugoma forest land into a sugar plantation.

In 2016, Bunyoro Kitara kingdom leased its Kyangwali ancestral land to Hoima Sugar for sugar cane growing.

Whereas the Kingdom says the leased land is one of its restituted properties and not part of Bugoma forest, some CSOs and NFA claim that the leased land forms part of the central forest reserve.

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