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Former Old Kampala DPC  Jorum Mwesigye is accused of assaulting journalists

Former Old Kampala DPC Jorum Mwesigye is accused of assaulting journalists

    By: Kenneth Kazibwe

  • May 14,2015
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Hearing has resumed of the case in which former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye is accused of assault and other 2 counts of malicious damage of 2 video cameras belonging to journalists in January.

In his testimony before Buganda Road court Grade one Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa, NTV Cameraman Ronald Ggaliwango said he was in the middle of the fracas that day adding that he witnessed everything as it unfolded.

“He first beat Joseph Ssettimba (Bukedde TV) with a black cable wire while at Shell Petrol station before hitting Andrew Lwanga(WBS) with a stick that had been given to him by one of the other police officers at the scene,”Ggaliwango  told court on Thursday.

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“We tried giving Lwanga some water after being clobbered but Tumwesigye and the other police officers stopped us as they blocked every journalist from accessing Florina bar and restaurant.”

According to Ggaliwango, it was then that the then Old Kampala police boss bundled the members of the National Association of the Unemployed they had arrested at the back of his Toyota MarkII series vehicle.

“He then forced Lwanga in the co-driver’s seat before driving off at a terrific speed and we followed the vehicle. We were however astonished to see the car run towards the police station instead of the hospital for medical care.”

Lwanga told court that on reaching Old Kampala police station, they were not allowed to access the place as the DPC had ordered his men not to allow anyone inside, until the then Kampala South police chief James Ruhweza arrived.

“We found him (Lwanga) near one of the cells and lifted him with Ruhweza into the car and drove him to Mulago hospital,”Ggaliwango told court before tendering in a video clip of what happened on the fateful day.

The Magistrate adjourned the case to June, 4, 2015 for further hearing.

 

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