HRNJ-Uganda alert, Iganga journalist attacker has a case to answer

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Iganga, 27th /February/2014; A court in Iganga has ruled that Kemba Azizi, 25 years of age, has a case to answer in the assault of a Red Pepper journalist, Solomon Hamala.

Prosecution led by Lydia Katami produced three witnesses who pinned the accused for having assaulted the journalist. The witnesses included Rashid Mbuga –a businessman in Iganga town, a one Moses -a mechanic in Iganga town and Kadaali Peter attached to Iganga Main Hospital who presented to court a written report of Dr. Siraje Kizito who examined the journalist.

On evaluating the evidence produced by the prosecution, the Grade One Magistrate Sylvia Nvanungi ruled that the accused has a case to answer and therefore is required to prepare his defense.

Prosecution alleges that on 13th January, 2014, Kemba – together with Isiko Yakubu, who is still at large -attached to Accurate Services Uganda Ltd, assaulted Hamala at Iganga Main Taxi Park in Iganga town, occasioning him grievous body harm and robbery of his digital camera, cell phone and money. Hamala was following up on a story about a demonstration by kiosk owners who were contesting the intended demolition of their kiosks by the Iganga Municipal Council authorities.

Hearing of the case has been adjourned to 4th of March 2014 when Kemba is supposed to defend himself.

Kemba was arrested on 16 January at about 6:00pm local time from his place of work at Walugogo Estate, Iganga Town Council. He was then detained at Iganga Central Police Station, where he was thereafter remanded to Iganga government prison.

“We are impressed with the speedy nature in which the authorities in Iganga have handled this matter. We hope that the journalist will get justice at the end of this process”
Said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala.

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel:
+256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627
E-mail:
news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk / Website: www.hrnjuganda.org; BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com

 

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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