Ugandan journalists condemn the arrest of a colleague in Kampala

Mr Henry Wasswa

Scribe was arrested after interviewing Afghan refugees at Imperial Beach Hotel

Ugandan journalists have reacted with fury at the arrest of Deutsche Press Agency,(DPA) correspondent in Kampala Mr Henry Wasswa. The Uganda Journalists Union termed the incident as “blatant abuse of press freedom”, the journalist was arrested by heavily armed police officers who raided a hotel where Afghanistan refugees are staying. Wasswa was arrested for “interviewing Afghan refugees” at Imperial Beach Hotel Entebbe.

He is now out of Police cells without being charged in court for any offence. The Journalist had booked in the hotel as a guest and used the opportunity to interview part of 51 Afghan refugees who had checked in the hotel. The Afghans are reported to have fled their war-torn country as the capital Kabul fell to rebel fighters.

Sources in Kampala claimed the only reason police arrested the scribe was that security agencies were baffled after he beat their surveillance system at the heavily guarded hotel and managed to interview Afghanistan refugees

The heavy deployment of security personnel at the hotel ensured the journalist was spotted and arrested. The police first claimed the journalist was arrested for trying to “befriend” a female Afghan refugee but later dropped the claim after realizing the journalist was a hotel guest.

Records available at Imperial Beach Hotel indicate the journalist’s employer Deutsche Press Agency wired payment totalling $176 for one-night accommodation for Wasswa. Wasswa, a hotel guest in Imperial Beach Hotel, was accused of Criminal Trespass but released.

He claims to have been traumatized after being “tortured” by the brutal cops even switching off his two mobile phones. Wasswa told The Weekly Vision in Kampala that he will soon narrate his ordeal on how he was arrested, treated almost like a treason suspect and detained at Entebbe police station.

He is expected to report back to a police station on Friday, September 3, 2021. Sources in Kampala claimed the only reason police arrested the scribe was that security agencies were baffled after he beat their surveillance system at the heavily guarded hotel and managed to interview Afghanistan refugees. Security operatives deleted information in a recorder and phone recordings with the Afghans.

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