Kampala, 19th/July/2010: The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Hajji Hassan Basajja Balaba has assaulted radio one reporter Allan Kalanzi for asking annoying questions.
Basajja Balaba and the Mufti, Sheikh Ramathan Mubajje are currently under investigations over the alleged abuse of office and selling off council’s properties.
Kalanzi told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that Basajja assaulted him before the beginning of the council’s general meeting on Saturday the 17th/July/2010 at Old Kampala to determine their fate.
Kalanzi further said, he asked two Basajja Balaba whether he would chair the meeting which was to decide his tenure and what he thought about a the much awaited decision. “He grabbed my neck and hit my head with a battle of mineral water several times” Kalanzi added.
Human Right Network for Journalists-Uganda wish to condemn in the strongest term possible the attack made to a reporter by such a reputable personality in the society. “No body has a right to subject any human being to inhuman and degrading treatment” HRNJ-Uganda Programmes Coordinator Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala said.
We also call upon the police to investigate Hajji Basajja Balaba and punish him for his unlawful conduct and also the supreme council to make an apology to the media fraternity over the deplorable behavior of their member.
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