Journalist and proprietor of online news website The Investigator, Stanley Ndawula was arrested yesterday by people suspected to be security operatives.
The reason and details of the arrest, including where he is being detained, were still scanty on Saturday afternoon, as authorities denied knowledge of the incident.
According to the Investigator, Ndawula was last night grabbed from his lounge ‘Yaya’ on Bukoto Street.
These, quoting some of the employees at the lounge, said Ndawula was grabbed by men wearing what appeared to be army uniform and green caps.
“He was thrown into the vehicle in which they had come, a Toyota Hilux which sped off up Bukoto Street. As of now, Stanley’s location and reason for arrest are unknown,” announced the online paper.
Police said they were unaware of the arrest. The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigire said he too had learnt about the arrest from social media.
The Internal Security Organization – ISO is also denying knowledge of the arrest. Its director Kaka Bagyenda told us “I’m not aware,” when asked if they were behind the arrest.
The incident is being condemned as “unprofessional” by the Online Media Publishers Association (OMPA).
The Association President Giles Muhame in a statement, condemned “in the strongest terms, the arrest and or kidnap, yet again of Stanley Ndawula, our member.”
“Although it is not yet clear who his captors are, witness accounts suggest, he was abducted by what appears to be state agents. Given the unprofessional nature of his arrest, both the reasons for his abduction and his whereabouts remain unknown. ”
He said if the state has any legitimate case against Mr. Ndawula, he be produced before competent courts of law.