Police in Fort Portal, Western Uganda has arrested Gerald Kankya, the Coordinator of Twerwaneho Listeners Club on what we know to be a non-existing charge of assaulting a local FM radio journalist.
The arrest took place Tuesday morning 24th March 2015 at Fort Portal Police Station where Gerald and his colleague Simon Amanyire had gone to check on the detained Prince David George Kijanangoma of Tooro Kingdom who is advocating against illegal land evictions, use of Uganda People’s defence forces in a high handed manner to evict tenants on Kingdom land and overcharging tenants contrary to the law.
Both Prince David Kijanangoma and Gerald Kankya are still in police cells in Fort Portal.
We condemn these arrests in the strongest terms and call for the immediate and unconditional release of these human rights defenders.
Dates this Tuesday March 24, 2015 at Boma, Fort Port Portal, Kabarole fistrict
Contact: Eveline Kansiime, Communications Officer, Twerwaneho Listeners Club evelyn[@]tlcuganda.org +256772086559
Simon Amanyire, Program Manager +256782499986