Friday, December 2, 2011

Journalist shot dead





RIP Charles Ingabire who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kampala
Kampala, 2nd/Dec/2011; unidentified gunmen have shot dead Charles Ingabire the editor of Rwanda’s Inyenyeri news paper.
 
Ingabire 32, a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame was reportedly shot on November 30 at Makies 2 Bar in Bukesa, a Kampala suburb along Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road. Currently, his body is at Mulago National referral Hospital mortuary.

Inyenyeri is a vernacular online news magazine on http://inyenyerinews.org/.

Sources revealed to Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that two people are under police custody at Old Kampala police station including; one Onzima David, a security Guard and Robinah Nabunnya, a waitress at Makies 2 Bar.

The sources added that Police has recovered five cartridges of sub machine gun bullets that are believed to have been used in the murder.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Senkumbi confirmed the murder of the journalist to HRNJ-Uganda. He however said that the body was recovered in the morning of 1st/Dec/2011 and it was unknown that the deceased was a journalist until today the 2nd/Dec/2011 when relatives went to police to complain.

“The journalist walked into the bar with an unidentified friend just a few minutes after midnight and he was shot dead within the bar gardens. We have recovered his phone which is helping us with the investigations. We are also using information got from the two suspects to understand what exactly happened.
 
Police is still holding onto the body of the deceased saying investigations are underway. The relatives went to Mulago to get the body on Friday morning but they were denied access to it.
 
Ingabire is the second Rwandese editor to be shot dead by unknown gunmen in less than two years after Jean-Leonard Rugambage, a 34-year-old editor for a private tabloid, Umuvugizi, in 2010 in Kigali.

“It’s unfortunate that attacks aiming to silence critical voices are spreading beyond Rwanda and the gunmen continue to be unknown. There’s need for a special and independent body to investigate all murders that have claimed journalists’ lives because of their work otherwise we shall continue losing journalists and other people who are killed in cold blood” said HRNJ-Uganda Programmes Coordinator Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala

HRNJ-Uganda extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and the entire journalism profession in the region and beyond for the loss of such a brilliant professional.

We call upon the Government of Uganda to consider inviting the Interpol into the matter because we fear that Ugandan forces might fail to divulge the results of the findings to the public like other inquiries conducted before.

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
             humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk

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