Life FM Proprietor Given Ushs 300m In Compensation

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Several people in Fort-Portal are questioning the circumstances under which the proprietor of Life FM radio station was given 300 million shillings as compensation for his transmitters.

President Museveni allegedly gave Pastor Dickson Lubega, the proprietor of Life F.M radio station in Fort Portal, 300 million shillings.

Life FM was knocked off air on October 4th 2007, when suspected gunmen stormed the site of the transmitters located at Oruha hill, put the guards at gunpoint, and poured sulphiric acid.

The attack was linked to a weekly late night talk program featuring a panel of local civic leaders critical of the delivery of government services in the area.

Several people have been waiting for the results of an investigation that was expected to discose the suspects and their motives.

But the alleged compensation has sent a shock wave among several voters in Uganda some of who are questioning the timing.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source told Uganda Radio Network that Pastor Dickson and his wife met President Museveni on January 19th 2011 in Masindi, to discuss the modalities of the compensation.

The source says that during the meeting, Dickson demanded for two billion shilling compensation but president Museveni declined on grounds that the amount was too high, but agreed to settle for 300 million shillings.

According to the source, days later, the money was allegedly wired to Dickson's bank account.

But when contacted for a comment, Pastor Dickson said that the matter under query is private and refused to divulge any details.

However Alex Ruhunda, one of the parliamentary contestants for Fort-Portal Municipality, is telling voters that he is the person that helped pastor Dickson get compensation.

Ruhunda has been heard boasting that he arranged the meeting between the pastor and the president and also criticizes his rival Steven Kaliba for not using his influence as incumbent MP to ensure that Dickson's compensated.

Now the residents demand to know why the pastor was compensated before the culprits were brought to book.

Robert Magezi, wonders why the President compensated Lubega and yet the culprits who burnt the transmitter have never been arrested.

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He also questions the timing of the compensation. He asks why the President decided to compensate the proprietor during the campaigns and yet the destruction happened three years ago.

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David Mugisa, another voter in Fort-portal, want to see the culprits brought before the courts of law.

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After the destruction of the radio transmitter, four radio panelists Steven Rwagweri, Prosper Busingye, Joram Bintamanya and Gerald Kankya were arrested by police for inciting violence against Kaliba, Rev. Richard Baguma, Godfrey Nyakahuma, the NRM district chairman and Best Kemigisa, the Queen Mother Toro Kingdom, whom they accused of being behind the destruction.