HRNJ-Uganda alert, Human Rights Commission hears more evidence in journalist’s case

226368_2065690248943_1339052_nKampala, 17th/September/2014, The Human Rights Commission has continued to hear evidence in a case where Gideon Tugume, a journalist previously working with Capital F.M sued the Attorney General for damages accruing from injuries he sustained after being allegedly shot by the bodyguard to the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura in 2011, while covering the return of Dr. Kiiza Besigye from treatment in Nairobi.

The Tribunal heard testimony from Fred Seggawa, the second complainant’s witness who said that he was the first person who helped Gideon on the day that he was shot. “I was with Gideon and other journalists covering the return of Dr. Kiiza Besigye from Nairobi. Suddenly, I heard a gunshot and when I turned, I saw Gideon down on the ground. He told me to touch his leg and asked whether there was blood. I touched his leg and told him there was blood. I then called the Police ambulance which took him to Mulago hospital, before informing his wife and workmates”.

During the hearing, Gideon brought his family as ordered by Commissioner on the 21st of August for identification. The matter was adjourned to a date that will be communicated, for hearing of expert evidence. The complainant is represented by Catherine Anite, while, Adrole Richard represents the State.

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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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