Kasese clashes: KTN journalist charged with abetting terrorism

Monday November 28 2016

KTN reporter Joy Doreen Biira and her husband,

KTN reporter Joy Doreen Biira and her husband, Newton Kungu at their introduction ceremony in Kasese town, a day before they were arrested for illegally filming the burning Rwenzururu palace following UPDF raid. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA 

By Moris Mumbere

Kenyan based KTN TV reporter Joy Doreen Biira who was at the weekend arrested in her home district, Kasese in Uganda has been charged with abetting terrorism.
Ms Biira was arrested alongside her husband, Newton Kungu and four other people, a day after their introduction ceremony and detained at Kasese Police station over illegal filming of military raid on Rwenzururu palace in Kasese town.

They were on Monday afternoon released from police custody after police said it would charge them with abetting terrorism.
According to the release form, a copy of which was seen by this reporter, Ms Biira and others are “required to report to Kasese Police station on December 8, 2016 and shall continue to attend further to answer to the said charge until otherwise directed by court.”

Ms Biira's release
Ms Biira's release

Mr Manshur Suwed, Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson, on Monday said Ms Biira was arrested alongside five other people for illegally filming military engagement with royal guards of the Bakonzo king, Wesley Mumbere.
“She was arrested by police officers at the scene because she was illegally filming military activities which the media had been restricted to capture on camera,” Mr Suwed said.
Ms Biira was covering the clashes in Kasese that have left 14 security personnel killed and more than 100 royal guards arrested. At least close to 200 people have been arrested including the Rwenzururu King- Mumbere. Ms Biira was in the area for her introduction ceremony (traditional wedding) when she posted a video of the burning palace on her Instagram account following UPDF raid.