By Fred Kiva
Both the army and Police have denied knowledge regarding the alleged abduction of New Vision Investigations reporter Charles Etukuri.
Etukuri was picked from New Vision offices in Nakawa Industrial Area on Tuesday at around 2pm.Those who witnessed his alleged abduction say he was grabbed by six men, five of them in military uniform and bundled into a waiting vehicle-a double cabin registration number UAH038A which later speed off to yet unknown place.
The vehicle had reportedly parked at New Vision offices about four hours prior.
Despite claims that those behind the journalist’s abduction were men in military uniform, the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) say they have no information.
Lt Colonel Deo Akiiki, the UPDF Deputy Spokesperson said “No” when asked on whether the army was behind the journalist’s arrest. Lt Colonel Akiiki, however did not respond when probed on the men in military uniform, alleged to have abducted the journalist.
The New Vision on Tuesday reported that the police had denied knowledge of Etukuri’s alleged abduction, quoting Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Frank Mwesigwa.
A case of abduction has since been filed at Jinja road Police Station and the matter is being followed up by Vision Group’s Legal team, Kampala Post has learnt.
Despite denial by the two security agencies, officials at the state-owned Newspaper insist security operatives are the ones holding the journalist.
“Put to task those security guys, they should be able to tell you what they are doing with him (Etukuri),” said Felix Osike, New Vision Newspaper’s Investigations Editor on Wednesday.
Why Etukuri was abducted
New Vision Editor-in-Chief Barbara Kaija has since blamed Etukuri’s woes on a recent story he filed regarding a Finnish national who died at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero.