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TV presenters remanded to Kitalya

Three television presenters working for Next Media Services have been remanded to Kitalya until October 15 after they were charged with offensive communication and criminal libel.

Isaac Kawalya Ssemulondo alias Kays, Bryan Kennedy Waako, and Williams Makuliro are accused of repeatedly attacking artiste Mr. Emmanuel Ssuuna alias Omulangira Ssuuna on television.

Ibrahim Tusubira alias Isma Olaxess, who is also accused of the same offences is on the run. The accused appeared in court at Buganda Road Magistrate Court where they were charged and remanded. According to the charges, the four accused committed the crime on August 27, 2021 while at Sanyuka Television, Next Media Services Ltd in Kampala City.

It is alleged that they talked about Mr. Ssuuna’s family, his financial status and accused him of being tormented by evil spirits.

The spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate Charles Twiine confirmed the charges against the four people saying that the case file was sanctioned and they were produced to court where they were remanded until October 15. 2021.

“Journalists and people in the media should be careful when talking about people in the media to avoid making criminal statements. These four presenters made repeatedly offensive statements on television despite caution from the complainants,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Twiine said.

He said the offences of offensive communication can be avoided if the statements aren’t repeated.

“They were warned but continued to repeat the statement,” he said.

He said efforts to hunt for Isma Olaxess are ongoing since he is part of the suspects on the sanctioned file.

“He should be a good civilian and bring himself to police to avoid embarrassment,” he said.

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