Court orders Police Officer to defend himself over assaulting TV Journalist in Uganda

November 23, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Robert Ssewankambo

The Ugandan Buganda Road Court has ordered the former Old Kampala District Police Commander, Joram Mwesigye to defend himself against charges of assaulting a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) TV journalist Andrew Lwanga.

The Presiding Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu ruled that she perused the evidence of the six prosecution witnesses and found it sufficient to warrant the Assistant Superintendent of Police Mwesigye to defend himself.

Mwesigye faces three counts including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two others of malicious damage to property.

The Prosecution alleges that on 12th January, 2015 along Namirembe Road and Bakuli in Kampala, Mwesigye unlawfully assaulted Lwanga and damaged his video camera and that of another Bukedde TV journalist Joseph Ssetimba, both of whom had been assigned to cover a peaceful demonstration of the jobless youths who were marching to present a petition to the Inspector General of Police’s office at Naguru, a Kampala suburb.

Lwanga sustained spinal injuries from the said assault and he is since walking on crutches. He has undergone treatment at various hospitals in the country and abroad. Ssetimba was hospitalized for days as a result of the attack.

Magistrate Kamasanyu ordered that Mwesigye who is out on bail should be ready to give his defence on the 7 December 2016 when the matter comes up.

“This is a big partial victory for me and the media fraternity at large. I am looking forward to the final day of judgment.” Lwanga told chanting journalists at the Buganda Road Court, while Ssetimba said that he had always prayed to this day for the ruling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Ssewankambo

Robert Ssewankambo is a Ugandan writer. Working currently on a freelance basis, he is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Uganda and electronic online magazines and media sources in Africa, such as the Bukedde newspaper, Hindered radio, Red Pepper, Eddobozzi newspaper and African Interest online.

For media enquiries, contact Robert at the following email address: sewankamborobert@gmail.com

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