Crime & Investigation

Police: NTV’s Uwitware Kidnapped by ‘Criminals’

An investigation is underway to establish the identities of suspected “criminals” who yesterday kidnapped NTV journalist Gertrude Uwitware.

“She was found and her story is that she was kidnapped by yet to be identified criminals who blind folded her and rotated her around town threatening her, treat ” said Kayima on Sunday morning.

“She is reported to have been dumped somewhere in the areas of Kira Division late in the night, ” he added.

The incident has sent shockwaves across the media fraternity especially among female journalists.

Before her disappearance, Uwitware was active on social media, pushing for the release of controversial Makerere lecturer Dr Stella Nyanzi facing charges related for offensive communication.

While Uwitware is yet to speak out on the shocking events, NTV said she “is very safe and secure.”

Kayima said Uwitware “finally surfaced at Kira Division Police,” before calling for “calm.”

The police spokesperson condemned what he described as the “cowardly criminal act of those who did it” and promised that the law enforcement body would “investigate these matters and bring the culprits to book.”


Kayima further noted that Uwitware had earlier reported a case of threatening violence at CPS Kampala.

“The police will now put the threats and the kidnap together to give this file direction and we shall notify all concerned on our actions soon,” he added.

Cases of kidnapping journalists are rare in Uganda, raising concerns that this move could be intended to intimidate the 4th Estate.

In her mid 20s, Uwitware is a graduate of Mass Communication at Makerere University.

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