Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Journalist’s home set on blaze

Kabale, 11th/May/2011; unidentified people have set the New Vision journalist Goodluck Musinguzi’s home on blaze using petrol.
Musinguzi’s home which is located at Hamabare village, Rushaki ward, Southern division, Kabale municipality was attacked at last night the 10th/May/2011.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has learnt that the assailants dispensed petrol around his house. They also used a sponge which had been deepened in the petrol to start the fire.
“We were awakened up by fire which was started near my bedroom window and a barking dog. I, my wife and the three daughters took refuge in the seating room where we raised rescue alarms. I reported the matter to HRNJ-Uganda which rallied for police intervention” narrated Musinguzi
The Kabale District Police Commander (DPC) Charles Ssebambulidde told HRNJ-Uganda that an empty bottle used to bring petrol and a burnt cloth were found at the scene.
 He however said police has not arrested anybody in connection to the attack despite the fact that investigations kicked off immediately after visiting the scene.
A week ago Musinguzi wrote a story of two Congolese suspected rebels namely; Patrice Habarurema and Olivier Muhindo who were killed mysteriously in Kisoro Uganda and Rwanda boarder. The murder of the two caused the arrest of the Intelligence officer for 63rd battalion
He has also written extensively about topical issues including the Kabale Resident Commissioner who was allegedly pulled out a gun at Umeme staff and the two Ugandan nationals including a radio worker who were arrested in Rwanda on suspicion that they were recruiting rebels to topple President Kagame’s government.
In the meantime, security forces have barred journalists from accessing Entebbe airport ahead of the return of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Dr. Kiiza Besigye from Kenya. Dr. Besigye was transferred to Nairobi hospital after the police brutal arrest.
Security forces took photos of stranded journalists at Kitooro along Entebbe road for unknown reasons.
Article 29 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda states that every Ugandan shall move freely throughout Uganda and to reside and settle in any part of Uganda
HRNJ-Uganda calls upon police in Kabale to guarantee security for Musinguzi and arrest the assailants.
For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Kivebulaya Road – Mengo Kampala Opp. St. Marcelino Pre. School
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala
Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627


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