Joy Doreen Biira KTN news anchor speaks on terrifying experience in the hands of police

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They hit me with a gun on my side probed my private parts...

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Joy Doreen Biira


On November 27 last year a day after her traditional wedding KTN’s Joy Doreen Biira shared a video of the Rwenzururu palace going up in flames.

A snippet of the violent fight between Uganda's security forces and the Royal guards of the Bakonzo community that left more than 62 people dead.

play Joy Doreen during her traditional wedding (Instagram)


A video that went viral and soon enough Joy Doreen and other young people were rounded up and taken to the police station for questioning and thereafter put under arrest. While in custody Joy revealed that the police got very violent with them since the violent shoot-out had gone viral and they were accused of ‘crossing a line’ and ‘abetting terrorism’ as the hashtag #freeJoyDoreen went viral.

play Joy Doreen after her arrest (Courtesy)

Speaking to True Love Magazine Joy reveals that their lives were under threat if they didn’t produce the camera assumed to have taken the footage and when they learned that Joy Doreen was a journalist she was picked out and accused of staging a wedding to infiltrate the palace. 

The camera was later found at her uncle's house which was right next to the besieged palace and it gave the interrogation a dark turn as the police beat her and searched her private parts for a memory card thought to belong to the camera that recorded the footage.

“They hit me with a gun on my side and had a lady police probe my private parts, hair and clothes for any memory card they thought I was hiding.” She disclosed narrating the terrifying experience.

play They hit me with a gun - Joy (Instagram)

She was taken back to jail and was soon released through the help of a Kampala lawyer and they returned to Kenya, leaving the camera behind.

It was sent back 6 months later and her case has now been closed without any charges. The video has also been pulled down from social media.

“Our lawyers assure me that the case is now closed.” She said.

Also Read: New order issued in Joy Doreen Biira’s case

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