Sunday, July 25, 2010

Uganda Update: Journalist released

Kampala, 25th/July/2010; Kingdom fm reporter Rogers Matovu who was arrested and detained since Monday the 19th/July/2010 has been released without a charge

Matovu 22 was arrested by the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) at the African Union Summit which is taking place in Munyonyo Kampala under unclear circumstances.

His release has come at a time when Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is suing Kabalagala police station commanders namely; Bob Kagarura (station commander) and Prossy Namukasa (station’s CID boss) for unlawfully detaining a journalist.

The constitution of Republic of Uganda Article 23(4) b bars security agencies from detaining any body not later than forty-eight hours from the time of his or her arrest.

HRNJ-Uganda has learnt that sickly Matovu was not released on police bond on Saturday morning the 24th/July/2010 neither was he informed about the reasons for his arrest and prolonged detention but he was ordered to go home by police. “I was picked from the police cells at 1am and directed to go home. I insisted that since it was too dark and risky I should be allowed to stay until day time” Rogers Matovu said. I did not sign any bond paper nor was there anybody who stood surety for me

Matovu is under treatment over pneumonia and other related diseases.

For more information contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Plot 16 Clement Hill Road – Nakasero
P.O.Box. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala – Uganda
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079
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