The Kabale based
Freedom Radio has come under fire from health officials for allegedly
misleading the public on the corona virus pandemic. Freedom Radio is owned by
Justus Orishaba Bagamuhunda, the Executive Director National Foundation for
Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU), a non-governmental organisation
involved in promoting Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance in Uganda.
Health and Security
authorities accuse the station of feeding the public with misleading
information about the pandemic. They particularly say the situation aired misleading
information in its segment dubbed “Ensi Nebirikutangaza”, during the Simuka
Program which is hosted by Rogers Bronix Asiimwe alias Obwengura and runs from
06:00am to 10:00AM Monday to Friday.
According to the authorities,
in one of the segments, Asiimwe reportedly told his listeners that Corona virus
was manufactured by a Chinese national studying at one of the Universities in
Wuhan City. Asiimwe reportedly also assured his listeners that Corona virus
patients can’t recover, saying those who test positive should write their final
He alleged listed
names of catholic priests who will succumb to COVID19 in the next two days claiming
that Italy has already established a computer, which detects the days of COVID
patients. Oren Arija, the Kabale district Disease Surveillance Officer, says
that he was concerned when he heard Asiimwe misleading the masses about corona virus
by airing non-factual information.
He wonders why Aswiimwe feeds the
public misleading information about COVID19 as opposed to information issued by
the Health Ministry.
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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, Kabale District LC 5 chairperson, says the
misinformation by Asiimwe interferes with government’s efforts of preventing the spread of the
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, says the District
Security Committee will soon convene and discuss the matter and decide their
next course of action.
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When contacted Justus
Orishaba Bagamuhunda, the proprietor of Freedom Radio, said he was yet to receive
a complaint from health and security authorities about the segment.
however accuses health and security authorities of witch-hunting him under influence
from his competitors. The embattled radio
presenter, Rogers Bronix Asiimwe alias Obwengura, says he is being harassed out