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On Wednesday night Ugandan Police arrested three journalists working with the BBC, including their driver, accusing them of illegal possession of drugs.
Patrick Onyango, Uganda’s police spokesman, said on Thursday five suspects had been detained overnight.
They included two Ugandans and one Kenyan working for the British broadcaster, as well as the wife of a local journalist from NBS Television who was working with them, and a driver.
Fourteen boxes of tablets had been seized, along with other vaccines.
The country’s government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, however came to the defence of the journalists on Thursday, saying the the reporters had been helping to expose corruption.
Opondo said the journalists had been cooperating with the State House Health Monitoring Unit to investigate the theft and sale of Ugandan government drugs in neighbouring South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I am yet to find out the logic why police arrested these journalists, who in my view were helping government to unearth the rot which is in the system,” said Opondo.
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Opondo said that police had told him the journalists were “intending to embarrass the government”. He said such a reason for their arrest would be “absurd.”
“They should be released unconditionally.”
The BBC said it was in contact with the authorities over the case.
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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad
Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.
Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.
The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.
The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.
The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.
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