KAMPALA, UGANDA: Kenneth Kavulu, a senior journalist and producer at Buganda Broadcasting Services (BBS TV) is still missing for days after he was early this week kidnapped by armed men clad in plain clothes, according to the station.
In an announcement published via its socials, the Bulange-based station says Kavulu a show host of the “Omugotteko Program” was rounded up and bundled into a Mark II vehicle reg no UAQ 024G on the evening of Tuesday, September 13 as he left his workplace at Masengere, Mengo, a Kampala suburb.
According to Kavulu’s colleagues, ever since his disappearance, they have not been able to locate him and yet still no security force has come out to issue a statement on the matter despite the station reporting the matter to relevant authorities.
“Mark II UAQ 024G had armed civilians who bundled up our colleague Keneth Kavulu and abducted him while leaving his workplace, Masengere- Mengo Tuesday evening. The company has since engaged different security officials in vain,” Culton Scovia Nakamya, a fellow workmate of Kavulu posted via her socials.
Bobi Wine Speaks Out
Opposition politician Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine said he had learnt of Kavulu’s abduction and by press time, no one had known his whereabouts.
“We have learnt of another abduction on Tuesday 4:00 pm, of a journalist called Kavulu Kenneth who works with BBS TV. Gun-wielding men violently forced him into a Mark II vehicle and drove him away at breakneck speed. Right outside Masengere. Nobody knows where he is,” Kyagulanyi tweeted.
“The regime is at it again, abducting people every day with no shame whatsoever. Like we always say, there can be no peace unless and until Gen. Museveni and his criminal regime are out. No one is safe under this environment,” he added.
Kavulu presents the programme EMBEERA Y’OMUGOTTEKO (loosely translated as Life in the Slums) on BBS TV which focuses on the challenges residents living in slum areas within Kampala face and how they can be helped to overcome them.
He is the winner of the 2018 Ton Schouten Award for WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Storytelling from which he created an NGO dedicated to transforming lives in slum areas.