HRNJ-Uganda alert, award winning artist under fire for violent attack of a journalist

Kampala, 12th/September/2014; a renowned Ugandan artist, Edriisa Musuuza popularly known as Eddie Kenzo pounced on a Dembe FM journalist and presenter, Isaac Katenda aka Kasuku and showered him with several blows at press conference at Centenary Park, in Kampala on 11th/September/2014, accusing him of asking negative questions. The journalist wants Kenzo arrested and charged with assault.
“He has had beef against me since 2011, accusing me of unfavorable reporting. When I asked him questions at the press conference, he lost his temper, jumped over the table and attacked me; he landed me several punches which pushed me on the ground. I did not fight back. He hit me on the head and neck, until I was saved by the owner of the venue and other people at the press conference who restrained him. I went for medication and later reported a case of assault at Kira Road Police Station. I want him arrested and tried in court. He hit me so hard, am feeling a lot of pain.” Kasuku told HRNJ-Uganda.
Two of Kasuku’ witnesses have since recorded statements at the police as investigations into the matter are going on. A cross-section of artists, human rights activists and media practitioners have condemned Kenzo’s violent attack of the journalist.
“HRNJ-Uganda condemns the rude, inhumane and degrading attack on the journalist at a press conference which the journalist had been assigned to cover. Kenzo should not take the law in his hands. The police should arrest Kenzo, expeditiously investigate the matter and have Kenzo presented to court. HRNJ-Uganda is taking lead in following up this matter to ensure that justice prevails.” Said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala


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.