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HRNJ-Uganda alert, legislator drags journalist to police over a bribery story
Kampala, 27th/August/2014; a Parliamentary reporter for Voice of Lango radio in Northern Uganda and Chimps Reports, an online publication, Dickens Okello has been quizzed by the police for about an hour over an alleged defamation case filed by the Aruu County Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto arising from a Facebook post.
On August 11th,2014, Dickens posted on his facebook page what Otto says implicated him as a beneficiary of an alleged financial help extended by the president to Members of Parliament to help them settle their outstanding debts. “2 weeks ago, a friend notified me that my bro Odonga Otto was seen twice in room 13 Boman house (MP Kiwanda’s office) together with Eastern Youth MP Peter Ogwang. I rushed there and found the trio. When it happened three times I said to myself that my bro was defecting to NRM (Ruling party) but my simple follow up realized nothing near to that. Three more opposition members visited the same office according to my sources. Days later, Wafula Oguttu (Leader of Opposition) addressed the press saying 18 of his members are alleged to have picked some monies. Is room 13 the magic code???...” read the post.
In response, Otto described the post as foolish. “Foolish comment, how I wish u knew what am going thru financially Dickens Okello Honetstraw. I will request sergeant at arms and commission to get you out of......Full Story here
HRNJ-Uganda alert, Uganda Human Rights Commission starts hearing of a journalist case after three years.
Kampala, 21st/August/2014; Hearing of a complaint in which, Gideon Tugume, a journalist formerly working with Capital Radio, accuses the Uganda Police Force of shooting and causing grave injuries to him while covering the return of Dr Kiiza Besigye from Nairobi in May 2011 has kicked off Thursday August 21, at the Uganda Human Rights Commission Tribunal with the victim implicating the police chief’s body guard in the shooting.
Appearing before Commissioner Violet Akurut Adowe, at Ntinda, Tugume recounted that on that day, while covering the said events at Kibuye round about, he was shot by one of the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura’s body guards at around 2pm.
“I raised my hands up saying please don’t shoot I am a journalist. Before I completed my sentence, I felt a sharp pain on my right knee before suddenly falling down,” Tugume told the Tribunal, adding that he was wearing a press jacket, an identification press tag and held his audio recorder. He said after the shooting he was rushed to Mulago hospital by a police ambulance where he spent a night before being transferred to AAR Health Services in...Read full story here