The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda has called for the immediate release of the three detained journalists, their driver and the wife of another journalist.
The journalists detained at Central Police Station in Kampala include; BBC’s Kassim Mohammed, freelance cameraman Godfrey Badebye, Rashid Kaweesa and their driver Shafiq.
Authorities are now seeking the arrest of Solomon Sserwanjja, a senior investigative reporter and anchor.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says they want Sserwanjja to explain how government drugs including those of Hepatitis B ended up at his home.
“Traditionally, we believe a home belongs to the husband, so it is the husband (Mr Serwanjja) to come and explain to us how the drugs ended up at his home.”
Onyango said they arrested Sserwanjja’s wife Vivian Nakaliika Sserwanja, a spokesperson of the ministry of Health and are waiting for him to show up.
“We found 14 boxes of government medicine, including Hepatitis drugs, at Mr Serwanjja’s home. We are looking for Mr Serwanjja to help us understand how government drugs ended up at his home.”