UGANDA: Why Museveni’s Media Beatdown Is A Smokescreen And ‘Rebel’ Gen Tinyefuza Is Manna From Heaven

Charles Onyango-Obbo’s analysis of why the closure of the Monitor is merely a distraction. From what, we’re not sure yet. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. Why Tinyefuza? Why Muhoozi? Why now?


 SO, AGAIN on Monday the Uganda government sent in security forces, ransacked the Daily Monitor, seized its offices, closed down its presses, and switched its affiliated radios – KFM and Dembe FM – off air. The controversial and saucy Red Pepper also got the same treatment. A court order asking the Police to lift the siege was met with scorn. Instead, more heavily armed police and armored personnel carriers were sent into to enforce the blockade.

Counting the 2006 incident when it turned off KFM and blocked the Daily Monitor website to prevent them putting out any news from its independent vote tallying centre in the polls that year, this is the fourth time a partial or full closure has been slapped on Monitor media alone, in the last 15 years.

It is easy – and it would be dead wrong – to see this as just one in…

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