By Patrick Uma.
Journalists who were arrested from Arua district and transferred to Gulu Central Police after being released on bond, visited Northern Uganda Media Club, a media resource center in Gulu and held a press conference.
Herbert Ziwa, a reporter and Ronald Muwanga, a camera man, both staff of NTV narrated their ordeal to the journalists at the center. The duo were in Arua district covering the final campaign for the by- election for Arua Municipality parliamentary seat that fell vacant following the death of Ibrahim Abiriga.
Narrating their ordeal to fellow journalists at the NUMEC resource center, Ziwa said they were picked by security personnel from Pacific Hotel after it was reported that one of the Supporters of Kassiano Wadri was shot dead.
Mr. Ziwa said that while in the van being transported to unknown locations, they were kicked, beaten, and tied the famous ‘three piece’.
“At 2am in the night, we were taken to Arua Central Police Station where our property like Money, shoes, and Camera lights were confiscated.”
He further noted that at Arua Central Police Station, a charge of Incitement to Violence and malicious damage under CRB 3441/2018 was registered against them and later they were transferred to Gulu Central Police station.
Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) is an independent and non-partisan media organization formed by journalists and media professionals in northern Uganda.
NUMEC aims at integrating the critical role of media and communication into the strategic objectives of actors and stakeholders in the greater northern Uganda.