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HRNJ-Uganda alert, Police drags journalists’ leader to court over ‘obstruction’
Kampala, 30th/July/2014; a magistrate’s court at the Law Development Center at Makerere in Kampala has granted a cash bail to the Board Chairperson of the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, Mulindwa Mukasa in a case where he is allegedly accused of obstructing a police officer from arresting a suspect. The case was brought against him by the Wandegeya Police Station Commander, Julius Caesar Tusingwire. Mulindwa denied the charges.
Prosecution led by Naluzze Aisha Batala alleges that on 26th November 2013, Mulindwa obstructed a police officer, Julius Caesor Tusingwire from arresting a suspect at Wandegeya police station contrary to Section 238(B) of the Penal Code Act. However, Tusingwire, who was not present in court, did not name the said suspect.
This comes just 20days after Mulindwa Mukasa dragged Tusingwire to the High Court over inhumane and degrading treatment, a case which is due to come up on September 09th, 2014 before Justice Lydia Mugambe, in which he prayed court to dismiss Tusingwire from the police force, among other prayers. He has vowed not to abandon the case.Full Story here
HRNJ-Uganda alert, armed policeman assaults a journalist, as another survives a gun shot
Hoima, 24th/July/2014; On 23/July/2014 an armed policeman in Hoima assaulted Geoffrey Tumwesigye a journalist working for Bunyoro television and Liberty radio, accusing him of recording a scuffle between policemen and angry butcher men at Hoima Central market in Western Uganda, while another journalist Vincent Arinaitwe of Liberty FM radio, claimed being shot at as he was covering the same incident, but survived narrowly.
The journalists told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that the police officers were engaged in a scuffle with the local butcher men who were protesting against the newly introduced levies and regulations by the Hoima Municipal Council authorities
“while I was recording the scuffle, an armed policeman emerged from behind slapped my left upper jaw when I turned to see him, he slapped me again and said, who called you here, what are you doing, why are you recording us, stop while trying to grab my camera. When I declined surrendering it, I was slapped again however I managed to escape.” Tumwesigye told HRNJ-Uganda.
Amidst the chaos, Arinaitwe claims he was shot at as he crossed over to the police side, “I narrowly escaped a gun shot fired at me which instead hit the ground causing dust to cover my shoes. I managed to get.Full story here