Police in Kanungu District have arrested a radio station manager for assaulting a female journalist at the same station.
A female presenter at Kanungu FM named Ms. Anita Tumuramye was allegedly assaulted by her manager, Nelson Kagote Twinamatsiko, after she demanded payment for an advertisement she brought in for the radio station.
According to Tumuramye, she secured the advertisement on January 26, 2023, for Shs200,000 in cash, and was entitled to a commission of Shs40,000 in accordance with the station guidelines. She claims, however, that after recording the transaction, Twinamatsiko refused to release her commission.
She claims that when she tried to ask Twinamatsiko about her commission, he slapped her across the face, causing her nose to bleed. Twinamatsiko, she claims, continued to drag her to the ground while beating her.
“I couldn’t walk to the police station that night because I was afraid for my life. The following morning, I went to the hospital for treatment and obtained the medical form, which I presented to the police. “He beat me mainly because I demanded money from him,” she explained.
Mr Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson, confirmed Twinamatsiko’s arrest and stated that investigations into the matter have begun.
“In reference to the circulating video of a lady being beaten by a man, it was reliably established to have been at Kanungu Fm Radio station, when the victim Anita Tumuramye, 24, a journalist at the same radio station and resident of Katate cell western ward Kanungu town council, reported to have been assaulted by one Nelson Twinamatsiko, 51, the manager at the same radio station and resident of the same above address,” Mr Maate said.
Mr Maate stated that following the incident, the victim reported the incident to Kanungu police station under CRB 094/2023, where statements from her and witnesses were taken.
“The Police went to the crime scene and took notes, investigations were conducted, and the suspect was called to give a statement on Wednesday. Following that, he was arrested pending prosecution. “The case file has been compiled and forwarded to the Resident State Attorney, along with the charge sheet, for further management,” he stated.
Ms Tumuramye claims that her problems began when Twinamatsiko was appointed manager, relieving her of various roles at the station.
“At first, I worked at the same station as a cashier, receptionist, news anchor, and radio presenter. Twinamatsiko took over as manager and relieved me of my cashier and receptionist duties. But he didn’t stop there; he pursued me further, and I ended up with only one role as a news anchor,” Ms Tumuramye explained.
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