By Mable Nakibuuka
The police in Kampala on Friday arrested an online journalist identified as Mike Muhima, over allegations of engaging in cybercrime.
Muhima, who is one of the reporters of Kawowo Sports, an online media outlet, was picked by plain-clothed men who whisked him away to an unknown place, where he has been held incommunicado since his arrest.
Although the police are yet to issue a public statement detailing why he was arrested and the actual charges levied against, our moles reveal that Muhima was arrested because of his closeness to Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party.
Announcing his arrest, Joseph Owino, a renowned NUP sympathiser, tweeted that; “One of our staff @mikemuhima was picked by security forces on Friday allegedly to answer Cybercrime questions. @PoliceUg should charge or release him back to his family tomorrow. Whoever can help secure his release please reach out to me.”
However, when we attempted to call the police to inquire about the matter, the Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga was in not in position to speak about the matter.
Asked about whether he was aware of Muhima’s arrest, Enanga said “You call Luke and ask him.”
But efforts to reach Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, he refused to answer our repeated calls.
It should however be noted that Muhima’s arrest comes at a time when several Ugandan youth, especially those presumed to be NUP or Bobi Wine supporters, are increasingly being abducted by armed security forces and detained incommunicado at various detention centres, where they are often tortured severely.
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