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Uganda Ends Radio Station Suspension


Uganda has lifted the suspension of a private radio station whose host criticized the government over the death of Sudanese Vice President John Garang.

KFM radio renewed broadcasts Thursday, including host Andrew Mwenda whose comments sparked the dispute.

Last week, Uganda's Broadcasting Council shut down the station after Mr. Mwenda accused the government of "incompetence" for flying Mr. Garang in what he called a "junk" helicopter.

Authorities also arrested Mr. Mwenda on charges of sedition, saying the comments could have sparked mass riots. He has since been freed on bail.

Ugandan officials have also ordered the station to pay nearly $3,000 for costs of the suspension procedure.

Mr. Garang was killed on July 30 while flying back to southern Sudan aboard Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's personal helicopter.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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