Police have released on bond all five people who were arrested on Wednesday and charged with illegal possession of government drugs.
Those released include BBC Journalists Kassim Muhammad, Rashid Kaweesa, their cameraman Godfrey Badebye and their Driver Shafik, as well as Ministry of Health publicist Vivian Sserwanja.
— Mujuni Raymond (@qataharraymond) February 8, 2019
Mrs Sserwanja is the wife of Solomon Sserwanja an NBS television journalist who eluded arrest in the police operation.
These were arrested after police allegedly found them in possession of government labeled medicine.
The suspects were apparently working on an investigative story to expose corruption in the health sector.
The release reportedly follows intervention of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Brig Sabiiti Muzeyi
According to BBC journalist Alan Kasujja, Brig Sabiiti wanted to make sure that a win-win situation is achieved.
Brigadier Sabiti Muzeyi- one of the most impressive Ugandan public servants I’ve ever met- is taking care of the @SolomonSerwanjj issue. That’s reassuring. He’s working closely with @edthnaka – Mzee’s corruption ‘ninja’ to make sure that a win win situation is achieved.
— Alan Kasujja (@kasujja) February 8, 2019
The BCC yesterday said it was working with the relevant authorities in Uganda to resolve the issue.
The arrest of the journalists was widely condemned by the journalists’ fraternity, rights activities, as well as some government officials.
Government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo also weighed in calling for the immediate release of the journalists.
“I am yet to find any logic why police arrested these journalist, who in my view were helping government to unearth the rot which is in the system,” he said.