Uganda:Court convicts politician for assaulting journalist

Published by Daily Monitor
On 12 November 2016 saa 11:09
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Masaka Grade One Magistrate, Ms Aisha Nabukeera convicted Mr Ssansa on offences of assault and malicious damage to Ms Nakaweooya’s property. He was asked to compensate her with Shs2.5m.

A lower court in Masaka District on Friday convicted former NRM parliamentary contestant for Bukoto Mid-West Constituency in Lwengo District Mr Eddy Luwaga Ssansa of assaulting Daily Monitor’s correspondent Shamim Jingo Nakawooya and maliciously damaging her phone while she was on duty.

Masaka Grade One Magistrate, Ms Aisha Nabukeera convicted Mr Ssansa on offences of assault and malicious damage to Ms Nakaweooya’s property. He was asked to compensate her with Shs2.5m.
The magistrate also cautioned Mr Ssansa against assaulting journalists and warned: “If you [Ssansa] ever do so [again], you will be imprisoned for 12 months without trial.”

Prosecution led by Ms Maureen Tumusiime presented four witnesses, including the victim, Dr Charles Kasozi from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital who examined Ms Nakawooya and established that she was injured.

Ms Nakawooya on October 28 last year, filed charges against Mr Ssansa after he assaulted her while she was carrying out an interview at the Masaka District Regional Criminal Investigation Directorate’s office.

Mr Robert Ssempala, the Human Rights Network for Journalists national coordinator, said: “This has been a landmark judgment towards decreasing the rampant harassments against journalists in Uganda. We pray that this judgment becomes a warning to all people who think that journalists are stepping stones. We hope that all cases filed by journalists will be a success.


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