Wasswa, a senior correspondent with Deutsche Press Agentur (DPA), the German Press Agency,) was arrested on Thursday by security officers at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, a facility that is hosting the 51 Afghan evacuees who arrived in Uganda on Wednesday. They are part of a group that is fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Rukundo was contesting against other Vision Group journalists including Moses Kasasa and Kasule Farouq. Daily Monitor photojournalist Abubakar Lubowa, who had also shown interest in the seat, was no show.
Dr Peter G. Mwesige, the Executive Director African Centre for Media Excellence, noted that journalism without fear or favour “in times of Covid-19 means not giving a free pass to government officials, health workers and others at the frontline. The public should be given information to celebrate the ‘heroes’ without sweeping their mistakes under the carpet."
The UN Secretrary General, António Guterres has thereby called upon governments and stakeholders to provide greater protection of journalists because they are the "antidote" to what he has termed the "the second wave of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 crisis."
Banya, 49, says the search for persons who came to Uganda in March was a trigger for media instigated hostility against him and many of the people in this cohort. He says that prior to his admission at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, local leaders and residents from his community singled him out creating an impression that he was hiding from health authorities.
The four including Henry Lubulwa, Uganda Radio Network Entebbe Bureau Chief who also doubles as the General Secretary for Human Right Network for Journalists Uganda, CBSs Dinah Kibuuka, Evelyn Muganga of Daily Monitor and Julius Luwemba of New Vision were arrested from Voyage Restaurant where they had briefly seated awaiting to cover the events as they unfolded.