Following controversial arrest of a group of journalists by the Uganda police, Next Media Group has come out to clear the air about the fate of the individuals involved in the saga.
According the statement issued this evening, NBS reveals that they are in partnership with BCC Africa and working on an investigation into the alleged sale of government drugs on the black market.
“The main purpose of the investigation was to cast a spotlight on how alleged corruption is aiding the sale of government drugs and the arrests come at the conclusion stage of the three- week investigation,” the statement reads.
It confirms that Godfrey Badebye, Shafiq Kisame and Rashid Kaweesa, all working for BBC were arrested in Makindye last night but the whereabouts of Solomon Serwanja are still unknown.
It should be noted that Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said that arrested were found with illegal classified drugs.
“They were arrested from Makindye where they were meeting a person who was supposed to sell them the said drug. Upon arrest and interrogation, they revealed that some of the drugs they had bought were hidden at Solomon Sserwanja’s home in Mukono district.” Onyango told journalists on Thursday.
However Next Media Services insists that the drugs bought were to be used as a confirmation and evidence that some government officials are involved in the sale of government drugs which is illegal.
It should be noted that President Museveni has always warned against government officials involved in corruption tendencies including sale of drugs from government hospitals.