There was tension at the headquarters of national media giants Next Media Uganda after they were under siege but heavily deployed security personnel with a reported intention to arrest panelists who had gone to the media house for the weekly “Barometer” political talk show.
The talk show which airs on both NBS TV and Sanyuka TV featured seasoned politicians Betty Nambooze of the DP, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, MP James Kakooza, People Power’s Fred Nyanzi and Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze as they discussed the shift by Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago from DP to FDC.
Hosted by Bulasio Zambaali Mukasa, it was suspected that the panellists in their discussion could have said utterances that were prejudicial to national security which led to a heavy deployment of police and sister security agencies outside the station so as to arrest them at the and of the show.
It however appears they were tipped off by the TV management about what awaits them and this forced them to keep indoors amidst a standoff between station security and the security operatives. Later, Rwomushana and MP Kakooza were reportedly freed, a treatment that was not accorded to the rest.
People Power and National Unity Platform Supremo Hon Kyagulanyi Robert alias Bobi Wine took to Facebook to lament about the treatment subjected to the opposition figures.
Our comrades Hon. Betty Nambooze, Hon. Semujju Nganda, and Comrade Chairman Nyanzi Fred and others are still stuck inside NBS studios after police surrounded the entire building as they were having a talk show last night.
As we wait to see what happens, I want to urge all Ugandans to be more vigilant than we have ever been. The regime is in panic. The intimidation is intended to scare us into silence, but this is our time to get even louder. We shall overcome.,” wrote Bobi Wine On Facebook.
Mukono Municipality Member Of Parliament also posted on social media, saying other members of the panel such as NRM’s James Kakooza and Presidential aspirant Charles Rwomushana were freed but Ssemuju Nganda, herself and People Power’s Fred Nyanzi were cordoned off. Nambooze also added that she was beginning to get ill after she missed time for her medication.
It is not yet clear when the three were allowed to exit the Kamwokya based media house.