High Court in Kampala has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola to appear and explain why for 3 years, the Police Force has failed to pay 49 million shillings in compensation to Gideon Tugume, a journalist who was injured during the 2011 Walk to Work campaign.
The IGP was sued alongside police’s Director of Human Resource Erasmus Twarahukwa and the Undersecretary Rogers Muhirwa.
The three are faulted for refusing to fulfill the terms of the agreement that the Police Force entered before the Human Rights Commission on 25th /July 2017 in which it agreed to compensate Mr. Tugume a former employee of Capital FM.
Tugume dragged the police before the Human Rights Commission after he sustained gunshot wounds in his right knee on12th/May 2011 while going about his duties as a journalist.
Evidence before court shows that the Police Force accepted that it was one of their own who shot Tugume.
The force opted for settlement and agreed to pay 49 million shillings to Tugume to cover his medical bills and general damages.
But Tugume says although an agreement was reached, he has never received any coin from police yet he can no longer actively practice as a journalist due to the injuries.
He now wants court to issue orders compelling Police to pay him in respect to its consent judgement.
High Court has given the IGP and his co-accused 15 days within which to file his defense or court will proceed and hear the matter ex-parte.