Peter Otai, a journalist working with Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation (UBC) who helped publicize an incident in which Ugandan Ambassador to Burundi Maj Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza and his guards assaulted a female traffic officer, has expressed displeasure on the way he’s been ignored.
Mr Otai says while he too was assaulted by the General’s men, all the attention went to the police officer, Esther Namaganda.
“This issue for the whole of this week has been discussed by various bodies including Parliament, apologies have been sent to Namaganda and the Police Force but none of them has expressed concern for the assaulted journalist,” Otai said.
He added that if it wasn’t for his efforts, Gen Kyaliginza could have gotten away with the incident since all people at the scene were scared of filming the scuffle.
The reporter says he risked his life and took the pictures and was indeed attacked and beaten by the soldiers who left him with a swollen face.
Even though he says he intends to pursue this matter until justice prevails, Otai says he has started receiving calls from friends requesting him to stay away from it.
Through his lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha company advocates, Otai is lodging a suit against Kyaligonza, seeking compensation for the damages he suffered.
Speaking at a press conference today, the Uganda Journalists Association Vice President Mercy Lugemwa asked the concerned authorities in government to sack Kyaligonza so that such impunity in the country can be stopped.