Hoima police detain environmental journalists over Bugoma forest demonstration

Two environmental journalists have been arrested in relation to the peaceful demonstration against the sale of Bugoma Forest in favour of a sugarcane plantation expansion.

Mr Thomson Mpabaisi, the officer in charge of Hoima Police Station, told Kazi-njema News today (Wednesday) that the journalists, Mr Joshua Mutale and Mr Venix Watebawa were arrested after intelligence information identified them to be the ring leaders in a plot to hold an unlawful assembly.

The journalists subscribe to the Water and Environment Media Network (WEMNET), a Kampala based media organisaiton.

The duo was arrested as soon as they set foot in Hoima City ahead of a peaceful demonstration planned to start today Wednesday at 8am in Hoima City before proceeding to the disputed 22 square miles forested land in Kikuube district.

The environmentalists under the coalition on Save Bugoma Campaign placed radio announcements inviting the general public for a peaceful demonstration to protest against the destruction of Bugoma forest for a sugarcane plantation by Hoima Sugar Ltd.

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