Nambooze snubs media for chickening out of defiance


Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze is now rejecting media interviews.

Nambooze says she decided to snub media for bowing to government pressure and abandoning opposition defiance campaign activities.

The legislator said when Information minister Jim Muhwezi announced the ban on coverage of opposition defiance campaign activities last week, she didn’t get sad for missing out on news but feared for what President Yoweri Museveni was about to do.

“Very soon the work of challenging this regime will be possible only among underground activists or Ugandans in exile,” Nambooze said.

She pointed out that Museveni can nolonger afford prison space for the opposition and he has decided to turn homes into detention centres.

This came after security forces surrounded the homes of FDC leaders Wafula Oguttu, Semujju Nganda and Kizza Besigye, placing them under siege.

Nambooze who was upset by the siege, turned her wrath on media houses.

“I have today turned down three separate offers by Media houses including a TV station to appear on their shows to talk about other things rather than the house arrest of opposition leaders and the fake M7 6th swearing in,” she said.

According to her, the reason is simple…”if the media is not available to fight dictatorship, am also not available to act as an entertainer”.

She asked media houses try Kaibanda and Amooti [renown entertainers].

Nambooze said this is what she did when government closed down Buganda radio, CBS FM.

“I declined any opportunity to appear on other FM radios.”

Meanwhile, FDC has filed an online petition challenging media houses to take part in the struggle for freedom of expression.

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