Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Journalist receives new threats!

Kalangala, 23rd/Nov/2011: Barely two days after receiving death threats, Central Broadcasting Service (CBS fm) Kalangala district correspondent Ronald Ssembuusi has received an anonymous call threatening to take away his life.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) reported on 21st/Nov/2011 about the death threats the journalist was facing after he reported about the disappearance of solar panels where the former Kalangala district boss Daniel Kikola is implicated.
Ssembuusi aired a story on the Buganda Kingdom radio on 17th/November/2011 which alleged that the former district boss is being investigated for his involvement in the disappearance of solar panels.
Over 80 solar panels were donated by the African Development Bank through the ministry of water and environment in 2010 to help in circulating clean and safe water in Kalangala Town Council. Unfortunately, about 40 (forty) are missing.
Following the intervention from the HRNJ-Uganda where meetings and telephone call conversations were made between police and Mr. Kikola, Ssembuusi reports that on 23rd/Nov/2011 at around 11:30am he received an anonymous call telling him to back off his reporting about the disappearance of solar panel.
“Some body called me on a private number and it was a man’s voice. He alleged that he was calling from police. He said I would be kidnapped and my relatives or lawyers will not be able to trace my body in case I don’t back off from reporting on the missing solar panels” Said Ssembuusi
He has reported the matter to Kalangala police station and recorded a statement but still awaits police intervention.
Ssembuusi added that after getting the comment, he wrote the story and it was later aired which triggered the endless calls.
He has also reported that he has filed a case at Kalangala police station
HRNJ-Uganda once again calls upon police to intervene in ensuring the security of the journalist and expeditiously investigate the allegation and bring it to its logical conclusion.
For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)
Kivebulaya Road at 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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