Monday July 29 2013

Ugandan journalists arrested in Sudan


KAMPALA- Two Ugandan journalists, Mr Justin Dralaze and Mr Hilary Ayesiga, have been arrested and detained in Juba, South Sudan over working without accreditation.

The journalists are reportedly detained at the National Security headquarters in Juba since their arrest on Saturday.
The army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, yesterday confirmed that the army has contacted their counterparts in Juba over the release of the journalists.

“The process of their release has been taken over by our Foreign Affairs ministry. I understand they have already contacted their counterparts in Juba,” Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said.

The two broadcast journalists were reportedly arrested late Saturday as they filmed near key government and security facilities.

Juba has remained under curfew after President Salva Kiir sacked his vice president Riek Machar, and the entire Cabinet.

The presence of the army on the streets of Juba is high and many residents keep indoors from 10pm to 10am due to the imposed curfew.

Efforts to talk to the Regional Affairs Minister, Mr Asuman Kiyingi, and his permanent secretary, Amb. James Mugume, were futile by press time.