13 February 2018

Uganda: New Vision Journalist Etukuri 'Abducted'

Photo: The Observer
Army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire

Suspected military personnel have reportedly 'abducted' New Vision crime investigations journalist, Charels Etukuri.

According to the New Vision twitter account, Etukuri was 'abducted' from Vision Group head offices in Industrial Area today morning.

Details of his arrest are still scanty but sources say he was arrested on his way out of office at about 10am by about five men, some dressed in military fatigue.

There was a mini-scuffle according to sources as Etukuri attempted to resist the 'abduction' but he was eventually overpowered and taken into a waiting vehicle.

New Vision says it is suspected that the 'abduction' is related to some of his recent stories that he has authored. Etukuri said to be very close to police boss IGP Kale Kayihura.

It is alleged last Sunday's story, under the by-line Vision Reporter, titled Investor death: Finland ex-minister, ISO staff arrested is among the cause of Etukuri's troubles.

According to the story, six people were arrested over the death of Finish tycoon Tuomas Teräsvuor Juha Pateeri. The investor was found dead inside his room at the Pearl of Africa hotel.

According to the story among those arrested were two Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operatives, Teräsvuor's girlfriend Farida Nagayi and her brother Musa Didi. Also arrested was the former Finland Communications minister Suvi Liden who'd travelled with the deceased.

The story further indicated that investor may have been murdered in a weapons deal gone bad. Teräsvuor was the owner and chairman of TTCG Finland Limited, a security company. It is alleged that ISO operatives had demanded to be paid $50,000 if the deal succeeded.

On the day he met his death, Nagayi was booked into the same hotel room with Teräsvuor but CCTV footage indicates that she moved out at around 11.07pm and returned at around 1.10am.

Most New Vision staff that The Observer talked were unaware of the Etukuri's alleged abduction. Some were even in fact surprised by the news.


Teargas, Live Bullets Rock Kampala Streets

Teargas and live bullets have rocked Kampala streets this Monday afternoon. Police and the army have fired teargas and… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The Observer. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.