Viewers were treated to drama last night as Kampala lord mayor Erias Lukwago and NRM spokesperson Ofwono Opondo almost got involved in a fist fight. This followed Lukwago’s comments about the manner in which NRM won the Soroti East by election.
A number of illegalities in this election were pointed out by Erias Lukwago. This included voter bribery, ballot stuffing, arresting of campaign agents for FDC’s flagbearer Moses Attan. And in the end NRM’s Herbert Ariko was declared winner.
Opondo couldn’t take Lukwago’s comments and ordered him to shut up which the lord mayor hesitated to do. The government mouthpiece then got up from his chair and advance towards Lukwago in a violent manner.
“Can you please shut up, I can even throw you out of this studio right now,” said Ofwono Opondo to Lukwago. The station had to cut off the program as the situation escalated and only returned after 20 minutes. The lord mayor wasn’t however part of the cast after the commercials.
After this, door bangs were heard in the background before the station decided to end the program prematurely. NBS then provided a statement describing the unfortunate incidents.
“A debate, unfortunately, went out of hand on #NBSFrontline this evening, leading to its premature end. Thankfully, our Production team’s quick action relatively minimized the impact on and off air. All our guests safely left the Park. Apologies for all inconvenience,” NBS TV tweeted.
The Lord Mayor also later revealed how he was taking refugee inside the TV station’s premises. This is because security forces were camping outside to arrest him.
“Short of words to explain what has happened to me at the NBS TV Frontline. Horrible, despicable! Fellow Ugandans, it’s Horrible. My only prayer is that I get out of this place safely!” Said Erias Lukwago.