The Uganda Editors’ Guild has expressed concern over the arrest of NBS TV news anchor, Samson Kasumba and called for a speedy probe.
Editors are appealing to authorities to conduct a quick and transparent investigation into the matter “while ensuring that Mr Kasumba has access to legal counsel, and all his other rights are respected”.
Kasumba was arrested Monday night while he was on his way from his workplace.
“The Uganda Editors’ Guild has noted with concern reports of the arrest of Samson Kasumba, a news anchor at NBS Television,” Alex Atuhaire, said in a statement issued on behalf of the Interim Chairman, Uganda Editors’ Guild.
“We are also aware of comments by the police spokesperson that Mr Kasumba is being held in connection with allegations unrelated to his work as a journalist,” Atuhaire said.
By press time Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate had just conducted a search at Kasumba’s Naalya home near Kampala.
However one of his lawyerss, Magyela Peter, told this news website that since Kasumba’s arrest in the night, they haven’t accessed him and that they don’t even understand which agency of security is handling him.
He said their (lawyers) requests to meet their client have been turned down by security personnel who reportedly claim to be under instructions.
“The search is still ongoing here at his home and no one from outside including the lawyers are allowed inside. We don’t know what they are charging him with, we don’t know what they are accusing him of and we also don’t know what section of police or security is engaging him,” Magyela said.