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”
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