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Daily Monitor Journalist Remanded :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Daily Monitor Journalist Remanded

Perezi Rumanzi, the Daily Monitor news reporter based in Ntungamo, has been charged with inciting violence and remanded at Ntungamo local government prison. Rumanzi was arrested three weeks ago by Special Forces Group (SFG) personnel for allegedly interfering with the security of the First Lady Janet Museveni during the ceremony to install members of the South Ankole Diocese synod at Kyamate cathedral.

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Perezi Rumanzi, the Daily Monitor news reporter based in Ntungamo, has been charged with inciting violence and remanded at Ntungamo government prison.

 

Rumanzi on Wednesday appeared before the Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate, Machenga Francis and was charged with incitement to violence contrary to the earlier charge preferred against him.

 

Prosecution alleges that Rumanzi conducted himself in a manner that got the security concerned. It further alleges that the journalist interfered with the movement of security people and that when he was asked to go away he instead started hurling insults at the security team telling them that their time to go will come like it happened with former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi was killed by rebels in October last year.

Magistrate Machenga, however, observed that the content of the case “incitement to violence” was not on the charge sheet and ordered Rumanzi to produce his sureties such that he can be released pending further scrutiny of the case.

But Rumanzi could not provide the two sureties in court at the time forcing the magistrate to send him on remand at Ntungamo Government prison until May 30, 2012.

Talking to URN on phone after being locked up at Ntungamo court cells, Rumanzi maintained his innocence and said justice will prevail.

After his arrest late last month, police first charged him with terrorism and later changed it to obstruction before being released on bond. Rumanzi spent two days at the Ntungamo police cells.

Special Forces Group (SFG) personnel arrested Rumanzi for allegedly interfering with the security of the First Lady Janet Museveni during the ceremony to install members of the South Ankole Diocese synod at Kyamate cathedral.

Mrs. Museveni, who is also Member of Parliament for Ruhaama County and minister for Karamoja affairs, had been invited as the chief guest.

Rumanzi said he was cleared to cover the ceremony but as the ceremony continued, he left the place to download some pictures from his camera but when he returned, SFG personnel denied him access on grounds that he had not been cleared.

He was reportedly told to keep his Camera away and also vacate the place. Rumanzi kept his camera away and came back to attend the service but he was arrested and whisked away to the

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