Journalist Mubiru arrested for defaming Tycoon Kigundu – Police

Kampala – Dickson Mubiru, the Managing Director Ono Bwiino News Publication was Friday briefly arrested on allegations of defaming city Tycoon Hamis Kiggundu.

According to Patrick Onyango the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, a general inquiry file was opened at Kiira Division to investigate allegations that Mubiru who also runs Grapevine online Publication defamed Kiggundu in his various publications.

“Mubiru was informed about the allegations/charges and he agreed to settle the matter amicably with the complainant. He met the complainant and the Detectives who were investigating the case,” says Onyango

He adds that the complainant agreed that he would withdraw the case on the advice of Police.

“The detectives advice that since the complainant made a statement at Police, Mr. Mubiru’s statement also be recorded.
Mr. Mubiru agreed to report to police but later changed his mind,” explains Onyango

He notes that police has been trying to trace for him until Friday when he was arrested.

After recording the statement, Mubiru is said to have been released on bond.

Onyango says his file will be submitted to State Attorney for perusal and legal advice.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police mouth piece thus refuted allegations that the reasons for his arrest is as a result of asking the president a question in the recent media engagement.

He asked the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) not to drag the name of the president in Mubiru’s case.

Earlier, the Journalists body through it’s Secretary General Emmanuel Kirunda had indicated that Muburu was arrested for annoying the first family after he put a question to the president about the ongoing abductions during the recent journalists engagement with the president.

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