Online media decries ISO ‘panda garism’ in editor Ndawula kidnap

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Online media fraternity has started a campaign aimed at seeing the release of The Investigator editor, Stanley Ndawula, who is still missing.

By Sunday morning, in an unfruitful endeavour, family and friends of Stanley Ndawula tried to reach out to various security organs to find out who carried out the ‘kidnap’.

All security organs have denied involvement. This comes after an attempt by witnesses to officiate the event with a police report last night was denied by Kira Road police, according to members of his team.

On Friday night, while at his lounge ‘Yaya’ on Bukoto Street, 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. He was thrown into the vehicle in which they had come, a Toyota Hilux which sped off up Bukoto Street.

On Saturday afternoon, Independent Online Journalists Association-Uganda (INDOPA-U), members met and demanded for an immediate release or charge of Ndawula in courts of law.

“We, the Independent Online Journalists Association (INDOJA-UG) just had a joint press briefing with Human Rights Network For Journalists (HRNJ) on the kidnap of our member Ndawula Stanley who was kidnapped in the wee hrs of Saturday morning around 1am from his hangout-Yaya Lounge on Bukoto street Kamwokya by unknown people.”

Its alleged Mr. Ndawula wrote what Internal Security Organisation [ISO] claims is sensitive information on his investigator online news outlet,  said Irumba Steven, a member of INDOJA-UG.

The said story alleged ISO was operating a safe house in Kampala suburbs where citizens are brutally tortured like animals.

“We are working on modalities on ensuring his rights don’t continue to be stampeded upon. HRNJ was represented by their President Mr.Robert Ssempala.”

The Online Media Publishers Association (OMPA), also condemned in the strongest terms, the arrest and or kidnap, yet again of Ndawula.

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.

“We reiterate our condemnation of the recurrent nature of “panda garism” being occasioned by state agents on Ugandan citizens and demand that if indeed the state has any legitimate case against Mr. Ndawula, he be produced before competent courts of law,” said Giles Muhame, the OMPA president.

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