Journalist Arrested For 'Disrupting Police Work'

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Asaph Bindire was picked up on Wednesday evening at Nyakihanga in Itojo Sub County along the Ntungamo-Mbarara road moments after he reportedly photographed a traffic police officer receiving a bribe from a taxi driver.

Asaph Bindire, a freelance journalist with the Vision Group based in Ntungamo district is in trouble for allegedly disrupting police work. 

Bindire was picked up on Wednesday evening at Nyakihanga in Itojo Sub County along the Ntungamo-Mbarara road moments after he reportedly photographed a traffic police officer receiving a bribe from a taxi driver.  
 
He was handcuffed and driven to Ntungamo Police Station, where he was charged with disrupting police work before being released on bond. Police also confiscated his camera. Robert Aturinda, a seasoned journalist with Ntungamo Development Magazine, a local publication was travelling with Bindire when he was picked up.
  
According to Aturinda, the officers arrested Bindire on grounds that he was taking their photos to report them to their superiors. He says that he decided to trail the officers, and by the time they arrived at the Police station, all the images on Bindire's camera had been deleted and the memory card replaced.
 
Bindire told our reporter that on arrival at Ntungamo Police Station, he was forced to write and sign a statement, indicating that he was found driving without a license. Our reporter couldn't independently verify the claims. 

However, Emilio Kazimoto, the Officer in Charge of the Traffic Police Department in Ntungamo district, denies claims that the journalist was made to sign any statement.
Kazimoto says Bindire was picked up for disrupting police work, adding that investigations are ongoing.

He however, declined to disclose how the reporter disrupted police work.