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Ham Behind Journalist Mubiru’s Arrest-State House


State House has refuted allegations by the Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) that it’s behind the arrest of the senior journalist Dickson Mubiru.

Mubiru, the proprietor of the Luganda local dialet Ono Bwino, English News Website Grapevine and the newly established Top Secrets Newspaper was on Friday afternoon, arrested, briefly detained at Nkrumah Police Post before being transferred to Kira Road Police Station.

UJA Secretary General Emmanuel Kirunda said in a press statement that Mubiru was arrested because he annoyed the first family after firing a question on the ongoing abductions to president Museveni during the presidential media engagement last week.

“Let’s all rise up and fight for a colleague’s rights by demanding for his un conditional release,” he said

In response, Sandor Walusimbi the Senior Presidential Secretary said Mubiru’s arrest has nothing to do with the first family.

“The arrest arises from a complaint filed by Mr. Hamis Kiggundu, according to Kira Division Police DPC, SP Senyonjo Abbas,” Walusimbi said in a press statement.

Grapevine, Ono Bwino and Mulengera News are among the vocal media houses that have been running series of stories about the war between the business mogul Hamis Kigundu alias Ham and the Buganda Kingdom.

Andrew Irumba, the president of the Independent Online Journalist Association (INDOJA), where Mubiru is a member sad earlier that the letter informed him via phone call that Ham is behind his arrest.

“Dickson has confirmed to Andrew Irumba (president INDOJA-U) that it’s tycoon Ham Kiggundu behind his arrest, having personally talked to him on X-mas at his home,” Irumba said 

According to Irumba added that  Mubiru told him that another senior Journalist John Sserwaniko, the editor of Mulengera News also slept in the coolers in Kira Divison on December 23 over the same stories, “but was released after he wrote an apology to the tycoon swearing never to even look in the side where he’s coming from,” 

Walusimbi cautioned journalists and social media users to always crosscheck before publishing anything.

“Factual reporting is the bedrock of responsible journalism and social media use,” he said 

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