Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Five suspects arrested over journalist’s murder

Rakai, 21st/Sept/2010; Police in Rakai district have arrested five suspects in connection with the murder of a Top Radio reporter Paul Kiggundu.

On 11th/Sept/2010 commercial cyclists locally known as bodabodas pounced on Kiggundu when he was recording scenes of demolition of the homestead of a suspected motorcycle (bodabodas) robber Frank Kagayi who they accused of killing their fellow cyclist Eddie Sengooba.

The arrested suspects include Joseph Lubega and Katumba Geoffrey both motorcyclists at Betherehem stage, Buberwa Gerald a cyclist at Kasambya stage, Peter Claveri locally known as Mulokole a cyclist at Total B stage and Sande Ibra from Finca stage. All these places are found in Rakai district in the Southern Buganda region.

The Southern Buganda region police spokesperson Noah Sserunjogi told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that the suspects would be aligned in court by the close of this week.

He added that they were still hurting for more suspects in the murder who have since deserted their places of work since Kiggundu’s death.

However, no arrests have been made in connection with the murder of another journalist Dickson Ssentongo a news anchor with a Seventh Day Adventist Church based radio, Prime Radio in kirekka Wakiso district in Central Buganda region who was hit by metal bar wielding assailants.

The District Police Commander in the area Alphonse Musoni said, “Nobody has come out to volunteer any information in relation to the murder. However we are proceeding with the investigations”.

Ssentongo met his fate in the wee hours of Mon. 13th/Sept/2010 while on his way to work.

HRNJ-Uganda commends the police for the work done so far. We however caution police against delaying the trial of the suspects.

For more information contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Kivebulaya Road, Mengo- Bulange, Kampala Opp. St. Marcelino Preparatory School
Tel: +256-414-667627 / +256-701-810079
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