Masaka, 23rd/Jan/2011; The Masaka district Woman Member of Parliament (MP), Sauda Namagwa assaulted Issa Aliga of NTV and Ssozi Ssekimpi the Masaka based Top Radio editor.
The two were assaulted on 20th/Jan/2011 at Masaka Central Police Station where the MP had gone to record a statement over a crash with her political opponent, Freda Mubanda who is vying for the same seat.
Namagwa and Mubanda had crashed at a local meeting at Ssenyange parish, Nyendo-Ssenyange division in Masaka Municipality where they got into a bitter argument. It is said that Namagwa had not been officially invited. The anti-riot police rescued the situation. Namagwa went to police to record a statement.
Namagwa did not want to be filmed as she engaged the police into negotiations. So she got a stone and hit Aliga’s left foot. She grabbed Ssekimpi by the collar as she shouted at the two accusing them of interference. The police just looked on as the scuffle ensued.
Aliga recorded a statement of assault at Masaka Central police Station.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) condemns such violence against journalists in the strongest terms possible.
We call upon the police to expeditiously investigate the misconduct and prosecute Namagwa for abusing the very principles which she herself should have been defending.
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