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Police Release Journalists Detained During NUP Entebbe Airport Operations

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In a statement made today, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Patrick Onyango, announced that all 14 journalists who had been briefly detained at Entebbe Police Station during operations against National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters have now been released.

According to Onyango, none of the journalists were held in police cells. However, he acknowledged receiving reports suggesting that some of them may have experienced physical harm during their detention. He stated that investigations are ongoing to verify the accuracy of these reports and that they are committed to identifying the affected journalists and conducting thorough investigations into the incidents.

Onyango also noted that none of the journalists had initially reported any assaults while they were in police custody. Although the police did not disclose the names of the affected journalists, there are reports indicating that some of them are employees of Next Media, specifically Francis Insano and Julius Kitone. These reports also mention that the journalists’ equipment was damaged during the incident, which is said to have occurred at Mpala pay toll.

Earlier in the day, the National Unity Platform (NUP) reported that its leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, had been taken into custody by security operatives at Entebbe International Airport upon his arrival and transported to an undisclosed location. NUP Secretary General, David Lewis Rubongoya, expressed uncertainty about Kyagulanyi’s whereabouts, but it later became known that he had been taken to his home in what authorities called a preventive arrest.

Kyagulanyi had returned from a tour that had taken him to several countries, including Canada and South Africa. The police had issued warnings against supporters lining up and forming processions to receive him, citing concerns about disruptions to traffic, business operations, and potential criminal activities. They emphasized their commitment to maintaining law and order.