HRNJ-Uganda alert, Human Rights Commission hears more evidence in journalist’s case

Kampala, 17th/September/2014, The Human Rights Commission has continued to hear evidence in a case where Gideon Tugume, a journalist previously working with Capital F.M sued the Attorney General for damages accruing from injuries he sustained after being allegedly shot by the bodyguard to the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura in 2011, while covering the return of Dr. Kiiza Besigye from treatment in Nairobi.

The Tribunal heard testimony from Fred Seggawa, the second complainant’s witness who said that he was the first person who helped Gideon on the day that he was shot. “I was with Gideon and other journalists covering the return of Dr. Kiiza Besigye from Nairobi. Suddenly, I heard a gunshot and when I turned, I saw Gideon down on the ground. He told me to touch his leg and asked whether there was blood. I touched his leg and told him there was blood. I then called the Police ambulance which took him to Mulago hospital, before informing his wife and workmates”.

During the hearing, Gideon brought his family as ordered by Commissioner on the 21st of August for identification. The matter was adjourned to a date that will be communicated, for hearing of expert evidence. The complainant is represented by Catherine Anite, while, Adrole Richard represents the State.

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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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