Thursday, June 24, 2010

Police officer charged with assaulting a photo journalist

Kampala, 24/06/2010: Buganda Road Court has charged Sgt. Mundu Mohamed with two counts of common assault and malicious demage of property (camera) of the Daily Monitor photo journalist Yusuf muziransa.

Prosecution alleges that during the 9th/06/2010 rally organised organised by Inter party Coalition at Clock Tower in Kampala, Sgt. Mundu, a 37 years of bukenje Luwafu parish Makindye Division assaulted Muziransa who was taking photos of stick wielding men and police beating up opposition leaders including the Forum for Democratic change (FDC) president dr. Kiiza Besigye.

Although Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) welcomes the prosecution of Sgt. Mundu but we demand for punitive actions be taken against errant officers namely: Bugiri ditrict police commander Owino Julius, Criminal Investigating officer Salongo James Lubambo, Junior intelligence officer Ben Tumugabirwe for ulwaful arrest and detention of the Daily Monitor correspondent Asuman Musobya, Laban Muhabwe who has harassed and and attacked journalists while covering demonstrations among other officers. "Police should not shield big personalities and sacrifice small ones with in the force if we are to end impunity. All acts that undermine press freedom and other other human rights should be condemned by government" said HRNJ-Uganda Programmes Coordinator Geoffrey wokulira Ssebaggala

Appearing before Grade One magistrate Buganda Road Court Rwabusheshe Francis, Sgt. Mundu denied the charges and he was remanded to Luzira prison until tomorrow 25th/06/2010

For more information contact:

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Plot 16 Clement Hill Road Nakasero
P.O.Box. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079
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