Military Raid Ends Jeff Koinange's Interview Midshow

  • Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange using a fire extinguisher during an interview on JKL in 2019.
    Citizen TV anchor Jeff Koinange using a fire extinguisher during an interview on JKL in 2019.
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  • Media personality Jeff Koinange had his interview cut short prematurely on the morning of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, after military officers raided his guest's home. 

    Koinange was conducting a virtual interview with Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine, when the officers struck the politician's home in Kampala. 

    The unexpected raid happened just six minutes into the discussion broadcasted on Hot 96 FM touching on the upcoming elections in Uganda scheduled for Thursday, January 14.

    Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine
    Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine
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    “I am sorry because as we speak I am being raided by the military. I have to end the interview because I can see soldiers beating my security guards and I have to go down and give it attention,” the politician said before cutting the transmission. 

    During the interview, the politician was giving his opinion on the upcoming polls and the brutality he has faced in his quest to remove President Yoweri Museveni from office through popular vote on a National Unity Party ticket. 

    Bobi Wine stated that so far more than 500 members of his campaign team had been detained. 

    “I have been campaigning in a bulletproof jacket and a ballistics helmet because I have survived three assassination attempts,” he told Jeff. 

    He expressed hope in winning the Thursday poll, adding that Ugandans were yearning for change

    Approximately 17.6 million Ugandan voters are expected to cast their ballots in the presidential and parliamentary elections.

    Questioned on whether he thinks Museveni would concede defeat in the event that Bobi Wine won, the politician responded that “Whether or not Museveni concedes defeat is really not our business. Our business is to ensure the people of Uganda cast their votes and their voice is clear.”

    In other news about the upcoming polls, Facebook has shut down several accounts of a network in Uganda linked to the country’s Ministry of Information. 

    The giant technology company accused the network of using fake accounts to promote the ruling party and the president.

    In a statement, Facebook accused the account holders of using fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users and re-share posts in groups to make them appear more popular than they were.

    Ugandan riot police officers detain a supporter of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine
    Ugandan riot police officers detain a supporter of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine
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