NBS TV’s senior investigative Journalist Solomon Serwanjja was this afternoon released on police bond after reporting himself at the CID headquarters earlier today. This follows the arrest of his colleague from BBC with whom they were carrying an investigative story on illegal sale of government drugs.
It consequently led to the arrest of his wife Vivianne Nakaliiki after 14 boxes of drugs were allegedly found in their home in Mukono. Solomon had since the incident on Thursday disappeared as police searched for him accusing him of dealing in the illegal trade and other crimes.
“Our detectives last evening intercepted a group of men in the areas of Makindye a Kampala suburb trying to sell drugs that belonged to the government. Upon arrest, they revealed that they were getting the drugs from the home of a gentleman named Solomon Serwanja in Mukono” Enanga said yesterday.
NBS TV in a statement also released yesterday, said they had assigned Serwanjja in partnership with BBC to carry the investigations.
However, in a turn of events today, Solomon appeared at the CID headquarters in Naguru accompanied by colleagues from NBS TV, other journalists, relatives and friends and after making a statement was released on police bond after an hour of questioning till 12th February.
The Executive Director of Uganda Media Centre Mr Ofwono Opondo then clarified that Statehouse Health Monitoring Unit indeed confirmed that NBS TV journalists had “contacted them to collaborate on tracking service delivery and medicines although they hadn’t concluded an MoU with them”.
Uganda Police spokesman Fred Enanga while responding to questions from journalists on the arrest of the BBC team also confirmed to them that they were released on police bond. He acknowledges their investigation into the illegal sale of government drugs “was in the public interest” and says they will pursue suspects in the BBC story.
Tension was already building as contradicting theories emerged following the arrest of the journalists and Serwanjja’s wife with Serwanjja himself reportedly on the run till this morning.