By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama has warned media houses on the rush to break stories, as former IGP Kale Kayihura’s arrest story is dismissed as fake.
“Media friends, whereas we can understand ‘citizen journalists’ breaking fake news, I think those of you with the badge of professionalism owe your audiences better,” Wanyama said in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
He added, “Verify, have evidence. You won’t die if you’re not the first to break the news.”
Wanyama’s tweet came moments after Senior Presidential Adviser on security, Gen Salim Saleh rubbished reports that former IGP Kayihura had been arrested after an alleged security search at Court Yard Hotel Lyantonde on Tuesday evening.
Some reputable media houses ended up falling victim to a social media frenzy as they broke the story based on what journalists and individuals had posted on social media.
Kayihura was three months ago relieved of his duties as Inspector General of Police and replaced with his deputy Martin Okoth Ochola.
This is not the first time reports about the former IGP are being dismissed as fake.
Last month, reports indicated that the former IGP had been blocked from traveling abroad and that his passport had been confiscated, whereas not.