The founder and chief executive office of “The Investigator”, a Ugandan online news website, Stanley Ndawula, is missing and feared kidnapped.
Robert Ssempala, the coordinator of Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda [HRNJ-U] said on Saturday morning that Ndawula was was kidnapped on Friday night by unknown people at around midnight.
He was leaving a joint in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.
“It is alleged he was arrested by Internal Security Organisation [ISO] operatives. It’s not known why he was arrested. His whereabouts remain unknown,” Ssempala said.
Ndawula has for a long time been involved in investigative reporting into crimes committed within the police force.
“Journalists, friends and family members are in a search for his whereabouts,” Ssempala added.
His colleagues confirm:
The website shared on its social media pages: “Last night, while at his lounge ‘Yaya’ on Bukoto Street, Stanley Ndawula was forcefully arrested. According to an account by one of the employees at Yaya lounge, Stanley was grabbed by men wearing what appeared to be an army uniform and green caps.”
It added: “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. We hope to know more soon #releaseStanleyNdawula.”
The editorial director at The Investigator and former journalist at Red Pepper has had clashes with the former police chief, Kale Kayihura.
He was last year, the journalist and his brother Robert Ndawula were arrested, detained and charged with disturbing Kayihura’s peace.