A Police officer arrested for assaulting a journalist.

Kampala,27th July, 2015;   Edward Tibamwenda, a police officer attached to Lungujja police station was on 24th July 2015 arrested  for allegedly assaulting a Vision Group Correspondent Frederick Kiwanuka  based in Luweero District.

The Division Police Commander of Old Kampala Police Station (DPC)  Ochamuringa Emmanuel told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda that Tibamwenda was arrested on the orders of the Senior Commandant of the Police’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU) in Bukoto. He was taken to Bukoto and later taken to Luwero where he is due to appear in court over assaulting Kiwanuka. The Luwero OC CIID Luweero, Jjaggwe Raymond confirmed to  HRNJ-Uganda that Tibamwenda would be produced in court on Monday to answer to his pending assault charges.

The Grade 1 Magistrate of Luweero Chief Magistrates Court,   Evelyn Kyomugish issued criminal summons for Tibamwenda to appear in court but he was elusive. A warrant of arrest was issued for Tibamwenda to appear on 1st July but he did not appear in court.

Kiwanuka was pleased with the arrest of his tormentor, “I am seeing justice beginning to take place,” he told HRNJ-Uganda.

It is alleged that on 3rd April 2014, at about 9:00 pm, Kiwanuka was assaulted by Tibamwenda Edward who was then attached to Luweero Police Station. Kiwanuka had gone to Luweero Weigh Bridge to cover a story involving a strike by truck drivers who were demonstrating against police officers and UNRA officials for extorting money out of them.

Tibamwenda arrested, handcuffed and pepper sprayed Kiwanuka’s eyes. He was taken to Luweero police station where he was detained for over six hours and charged with inciting violence.  The charge was dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions for lack of merit.

Dr. Benon Agaba, the Deputy Director of Health Services in Luweero District who examined Frederick’s eyes said the damage that was inflicted was irreversible.

HRNJ-UG Admin

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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