By Mable Nakibuuka
There happens to be a calculated and systematic attack against the media fraternity in Uganda that is being orchestrated by the state security apparatus.
As you read this, several journalists are either missing, maimed or being threatened by elements said to be working for the regime and the latest victim is Daniel Bright Byansi, who was abducted last month and is still missing to date.
According to his wife Kareyo Maxencia, Byansi, who was working with the Watchdog, an online media outlet, was abducted on January 29, 2021, and since then, his whereabouts have remained unknown.
Announcing his disappearance, Byansi’s wife wrote on Twitter hours after his disappearance thus; “My husband Byansi Daniel Bright is missing.”
However, despite the pleas about her missing husband, the police have not helped Kareyo to either hunt for Byansi or try to locate his whereabouts.
According to Kareyo, Byansi, who was a polling supervisor for Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party, was picked from his home by men who identified themselves as CMI operatives and since then he has never been seen or heard from again.
His lawyers led by Eron Kiiza, have since secured a Habeas Corpus order from the Chief Magistrates Court in Nakawa to the police to produce him whether he is dead or alive, but to date, they have not received any response from police, something that created fear amongst his family members about whether he is still alive.
The Mandatory Order release which was issued by Her Worship Magistrate Irene Akello, in the presence of Kiiza Eron, on February 11, 2021, is yet to be effected and to date, no one knows Byansi’s whereabouts.
It should be noted that his abduction comes at a time when one journalist, identified as Hadad Mubiru is dead after he was gunned down by unknown people last week, while another, identified as Mike Muhima was released yesterday after nearly a week in police custody.