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Leaders of Uganda journalists associations gather at a hotel in Kampala Tuesday to determine a “robust action” against Joram Mwesigye, drugs the infamous Division Police Commander (DPC) for Old Kampala police station who was yesterday caught red-handed on camera clobbering journalists.

A media blackout on police activities and prosecution of Mwesigye are the most anticipated actions against the law enforcement body, whose members continue to abuse journalists’ human rights with impunity.

Chimpreports broke the news of the assault, publishing exclusive pictures from the scene that sparked off national outrage.

Mwesigye assaulted two journalists, Andrew Lwanga of Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) Television and Joseph Ssettimba working with the government-owned Bukedde Television.

Lwanga sustained injuries on the head and was on Monday afternoon admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital while Ssettimba had his trousers torn during the scuffle.

The duo was covering a demonstration by a group of unemployed youths who were reportedly heading to the police headquarters in Naguru to petition the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura. They were intercepted and dispersed by police along Namirembe road at around midday.

Ssettimba told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda that Mwesigye hit him with a wire which hooked up his trouser hence tearing it.

He said his video camera was destroyed in the process. He has reported a case of assault and malicious damage of his property at the Central Police Station in Kampala.


Lwanga could not talk to HRNJ-Uganda as he lay weak on his admission bed at the said hospital. His head was swollen.

Eye witnesses told HRNJ-Uganda that he was hit twice on the head by Mwesigye who also smashed his camera as he said he was tired of journalists, “Stop your recording, I am tired of journalists, go go away,” a journalist quoted Mwesigye as having said.

Another journalist said Mwesigye threatened him with shooting, “Go away, I can even shoot you, as he tried to reach for a gun though he did not get it, which forced him to run and search for it in his car.”

Herbert Zziwa of K-FM, a Nation Media Owned radio station, told HRNJ-Uganda that, “Much as I was not beaten, my audio recorder was damaged by the police. A group of journalists later stormed CPS demanding for action against Mwesigye; they threatened to take drastic measures if the police leadership doesn’t take up the matter.

Last year, Mulindwa Mukasa dragged the Wandegeya Police Station Commander, Julius Ceaser Tusingwire to court accusing him of torture. The case is going on at the High Court in Kampala.

“This action by a senior police officer to target journalists and assaulting them rather than ensuring their safety and security as they do their work is deplorable,” said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala.

“The police should investigate this matter and take appropriate action against the said errant police officer. The police must ensure the safety and security of the journalists doing their work rather than tormenting them,” he added.

Journalists have since demanded that Gen Kayihura orders the arrest of Mwesigye or prepare for a media blackout on police activities.
Prime Minister, visit this site Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has described St. Janani Luwum as a political icon whose martyrdom galvanised efforts to oust the dictatorial regime of former President Idi Amin which set the stage for the liberation of Uganda.

“We look at the life of St. Janani Luwum not only in the religious aspect but also in the social and political aspects, pills ” said Rugunda, adding that his life was a challenge to both political and religious leaders.

He said it was befitting to rekindle the fervent fire that was lit by Archbishop Janani Luwum to make his life and memory more celebrated at both national and international levels.

Rugunda said it was incumbent upon Ugandans to ensure that all the necessary arrangements were in place to permanently immortalise the life of St. Janani Luwum as a preeminent Christian leader and 20th century martyr.

Arch Bishop Janan Luwum [R] was murdered in cold blood during the high-handed reign of Idi Amin
Arch Bishop Janan Luwum [R] was murdered in cold blood during the high-handed reign of Idi Amin
He revealed that President Yoweri Museveni fully supported this venture and would grace the annual remembrance of Archbishop Luwum on 16th February 2015 in Mucwini, Kitgum district where he was buried.

The Premier who is also the Chairman National Organising Committee made the remarks during the launch of the International Celebration of Archbishop Janani Luwum day by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe on Monday.

This year, the Church, Government and other stakeholders are coming together to significantly expand the annual remembrance of the late Archbishop Luwum and also make it an international celebration.

Archbishop Ntagali asked for support of all dioceses, churches, Christians and all people of good will who recognise the significance and importance of a national remembrance of the life and witness of Archbishop Janani Luwum.

“The Church in Uganda, as well as the global church around the world has regarded Archbishop Janani Luwum as a martyr for the Christian faith,” said Ntagali. “He died because of his faith in Jesus Christ and his willingness to boldly proclaim it to the highest people in our land.”

Ntagali said a dedicated team of national leaders from different denominations had come together and established St. Janani Luwum Memorial Charity, chaired by the Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile.

Archbishop Janani Luwum was brutally murdered by elements in former President Idi Amin’s Government on February 16, 1977 following a period of prolonged political upheavals at the time.

Also expected at this year’s annual remembrance of Archbishop Luwum are South Africa’s retired Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and Church of England’s Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, who are also patrons of St. Janani Luwum Memorial Charity.
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The two acts, who are ranked among the best in the country recently hit the studio and started working on their project.

However as they worked, Juliana could not hide her amazement at how talented the Goodlyfe boys were at what they do.

She immediately shared with her fans her excitement that she was working with the two and even took time off to share a selfie on social media.

Radio and Weasel have cemented their position as the most internationally decorated Ugandan musicians of the time with an AFRIMMA Award for Best Raggea Act and a BET Nomination for Best African Act.

The United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, shop known by its French acronym MENUB, officially launched its activities Monday in the capital of Bujumbura as the country prepares for critical elections to be held later this year amid a tense atmosphere.

Just a few weeks ago, hundreds of DRC-based rebels attempted an incursion into Burundi before being overpowered by the country’s armed forces.

Tension has been rising in the volatile country after President Pierre Nkurunziza moved to secure a Constitutional amendment to allow him stand for a third term in office.

Opposition activists have been jailed and acts of violence perpetrate by the ruling party’s militant youth wing, Imbonerakure, have since been reported.

“Dialogue can open the way for compromise and help lead to solutions for even the most difficult of problems,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and MENUB chief, Cassam Uteem, said Monday at a ceremony marking the Mission’s launch.

The UN Security Council set the creation of MENUB in motion in February 2014 following the Burundi Government’s request for a UN-backed electoral observer mission before, during and after presidential, parliamentary and local polls, scheduled between May and September 2015.

“We would also encourage the Government to continue the dialogue begun in March 2013 and reassure all those who wish to take part in the electoral process that they will face no obstacles,” continued Mr. Uteem, as he called on all stakeholders to respect the outcome of the upcoming elections.

The UN official reminded those gathered – among which were former Government officials, representatives of institutions and members of civil society – that the election would affect all Burundians and called on the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to take “appropriate measures” to ensure the polls’ smooth running while also widening participation in the electoral process to all eligible people.

In addition, he welcomed CENI’s organization of workshops aimed at monitoring voting registration and potential irregularities.

The Mission replaced the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), which was set up in 2006 following a ceasefire between the Government and the last remaining rebel forces to support peace consolidation, democratic governance, disarmament and reform of the security sector.

Burundi was the first country, along with Sierra Leone, to be put on the agenda of the UN Peace building Commission (PBC), which was also established in 2006, to ensure that countries once ravaged by war do not relapse into bloodshed.

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy acknowledged that the Mission was in Burundi to help ease the country towards a long-standing peace based on a legitimate democratic process, and he urged the international community to also remain committed to helping the Burundian people, so the country may “decisively turn towards peace and spend most of its resources on the only battle that needs to be fought – that of development and the eradication of poverty.”

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