A radio station manager, Nelson Twinamasiko, has been arrested for assaulting a female presenter, Anita Tumuramye, after allegedly refusing to pay her money at the radio station in Uganda.
Nelson, the station manager of Kanungu FM, was remanded in prison on charges of assault and causing actual bodily harm on Anita on the evening of January 26, 2023.
The Kanungu Grade One Magistrate, Mr Asanasio Mukobi, on Thursday, February 2, remanded, Nelson until February 8 for the mention of his case after the Kanungu Resident State Attorney, Peter Muhendo, told the court that inquiries into the matter were still going on.
The police spokesperson for Kigezi region, Mr Elly Maate, on Wednesday said Nelson was arrested over Anita’s claim that she was assaulted after the station manager declined to pay her an advert commission of Shs40,000. She had reportedly secured a client who paid Shs200,000.
On Thursday, the station management issued a statement suspending the two workers until police investigations are complete.
“The management of Kanungu FM Radio does not condone acts of indiscipline and misbehaviour and regrets this incident. We honestly apologise to our esteemed listeners, business clients and the general public,” the statement issued by the management of Kanungu FM Radio station reads in part.
The chairman board of Kanungu FM Radio, Mr Godfrey Karabenda, confirmed the authenticity of the document.
“The management of Kanungu FM Radio station writes to clarify a short video trending on social media where a man and a lady are seen in a scuffle. In November last year, the management of Kanungu FM Radio hired Mr Nelson Twinamasiko as its new station manager.
“Upon assuming duty, he carried out a quick audit of the books of accounts and discovered a lot of irregularities. It is important to note that Ms Anita Tumuramye, the lady in the video, had been working as a cashier in addition to other duties. The new manager introduced new reforms in the management of the radio station, including stringent measures in financial management,” the public notice further reads.
The management further indicated that the new measures “did not please a number of workers at the station as they were used to the old ways of doing things and they resisted the new culture, thus creating a strained relationship with the new manager.”
It was gathered that after the scuffle, Nelson reported the matter at Kanungu Police Station the same night while Anita opted to report her claims at the same police station the following day.
According to her, she secured the advert on January 26, 2023, worth Shs200,000 which was paid in cash, and was entitled to a commission of Shs40000 in line with the station guidelines.
She, however, says that after recording the business, Nelson declined to release her commission.
She explains that when she tried to inquire from Nelson about her commission he slapped her on the face which caused the nose to start bleeding. She says that Nleosn continued to drag her to the ground as he continued beating her.
“I could not walk to the police that night for fear of my life. The next morning, I went to the hospital for treatment and got the medical form which I took to the police. He beat me mainly because I demanded my money from him,” she said.
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KanyiDaily had also reported how doctors at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) commenced a five-day strike over an alleged assault of its member by a deceased patient’s family.