Senior journalist Stanley Ndawula, the Editor at ‘The Investigator’, an online publication, who was kidnapped Saturday morning and detained incommunicado has finally been released by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).
Speaking after his release on Sunday, Ndawula said as he was seeing off some of the customers at his business-Yaya lounge at around 12:00AM, ISO operatives put him “on gun point” and was slapped.
He was later driven to some place in Kyengera.
He said he wasn’t tortured while under detention, but he didn’t eat their food because he was suspicious.
He revealed that today he was taken to ISO Director General, Col.Kaka Bagyenda, who sanctioned his arrest.
“He told me that he was misinformed about a story that run another website. His aides told him that I am the one who wrote it and it was also on ‘The Investigator’ but it wasn’t true,” Ndawula said, adding that ISO boss apologized to him for the inconveniences.
On Saturday, online publishers under their umbrella body Independent Online Journalists Association-Uganda (INDOJA-U) and Human Rights Network For Journalists (HRNJ) demanded the immediate release of Ndawula.
The Investigator is a member of INDOJA-U. Other members include Business Focus, The Spy, Soft Power, Spy Reports, the Grapevine to mention a few.