PPU – OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF JOURNALIST DICKSON MUBIRU
State House has come out to distance itself from the arrest of journalist Dickson Mubiru.
Mr. Mubiru, who runs “Ono Bwiino” newspaper and “The Grapevine” online news website was allegedly arrested today by Nkurumah Road Police officers before he could be moved to Kira Police Station, according to a statement released by Uganda Journalists Association (UJA).
In the statement, UJA Secretary General Mr. Emmanuel Kirunda claimed that Mubiru was arrested for annoying the First Family.
“The arrest followed the raid of their offices by the police officers on Friday 30 December afternoon. He was detained at Nkurumah Police Post before he could be moved to Kira Police Division,” he added.
However, according to the Presidential Press Secretary, Sandor Walusimbi, the First Family has nothing to do with Mubiru’s arrest.
“State House has no issue with him and we are not behind his arrest,”Mr. walusimbi is quoted in a Statement he released on behalf of PPU 30th Dec,2022.
Meanwhile, according to some sources, Mubiru has some unsettled issues with businessman Hamis Kiggundu alias Ham and its alleged that the latter is the one behind his arrest.
“The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) wishes to inform the General
Public that the arrest of journalist Mr. Dickson Mubiru of
Grapevine Online and Ono ye Bwiino has nothing to do with the
First Family or State House. Rather, the arrest arises from a
complaint filed by Mr. Hamis Kiggundu, according to Kira Division
Police DPC, SP Senyonjo Abbas.
Journalists and social media users should always crosscheck
before publishing anything. Factual reporting is the bedrock of
responsible journalism and social media use”Mr. walusimbi strongly warned.