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Solomon Sserwanja.Courtesy Photo
Solomon Sserwanja.Courtesy Photo

NBSTV's Sserwanja Reports to Police, BBC Journalists Released on Bond

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told a press conference on Friday afternoon that the journalist had reported to Central Police Station Kampala and recorded a statement.
posted onFebruary 8, 2019
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By Fred Kiva

NBS investigative journalist Solomon Sserwanja, wanted over illegal possession of government drugs has finally reported to police.

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga told a press conference on Friday afternoon that the journalist had reported to Central Police Station Kampala and recorded a statement.

“This is to inform you that we recorded a statement from Sserwanja. He appeared at CPS and his statement was recorded and was released on bond,” Enanga said.

Kampala Post has learnt that Sserwanja was escorted to CPS by NBS News Manager,Joyce Bagala.

Enanga also confirmed that the three BBC journalists and the Ministry of Health official arrested on Wednesday night had been released on Police bond as investigations continue.

The journalists; Godfrey Badebye, Mohammad Kassim, Rashid Kawesa and their driver Shafiq Kisame were arrested at Makindye in Kampala City, where they were meeting a person the police said was supposed to sell them government drugs.

 “Upon arrest and interrogation they revealed that some of the drugs they had bought were hidden at Solomon Sserwanja’s home in Mukono district,” the Police said on Thursday, adding that this prompted detectives to raid Sserwanja’s home. The journalist was not at home that night and has since been missing.

The Police however picked and detained Sserwanja’s wife, Vivian Nakalika to help investigations into how government drugs ended up at her home. Nakalika is also the Ministry of Health Spokesperson.

Detectives found 14boxes of Lamefantine tablets, vaccines for Hepatitis B and other drugs labelled with government seals at Sserwanja’s home.

Joint Story Investigations

Meanwhile Enanga confirmed that police had been informed by Next Media of a joint investigation they were carrying out with the BBC, the assignment the arrested journalists were undertaking.

Enanga commended the media for its role in trying to expose corruption in government agencies and implored the journalists to go ahead with the investigation.

"It's clear that their motive was to show how easy it was to buy government drugs and its conduit.We do encourage them to continue with their documentary program and achieve their intended objective of exposing their targets, to help prevent such occurrences in future," Enanga said.

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