Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has called on the members of the media fraternity and the general public that witnessed the assault on journalists Sirajje Kiberu of Record TV and Godfrey Katongole of New Vision by fellow journalists of Salt Media, to share the information with the police and record statements in order to produce a strong case file.
On Monday this week, Robert Mutebi, Bone Wandudu and Eric Sebalamu all journalists working with Salt Media were filmed beating up fellow journalists Sirajje Kiberu and Godfrey Katongole for trying to cover news about their boss pastor Aloysius Bujingo who is the founder of Salt Media.
The pastor sparked outrage recently for publicly shaming his wife by divulging secrets from their failed marriage.
Initially, women’s rights activists vowed to march from Bat Valley to Parliament, Bugingo’s Church in Makerere Kikoni and salt media offices, in protest against controversial pastor.
As reporters converged to cover the march, the Salt Media journalists ponced and started beating them and confiscating their gadgets.
Onyango confirmed that Sirajje Kiberu yesterday went to Nsambya police clinic for check-up.
Today, the journalists’ umbrella body Uganda journalists Association (UJA) also set up a committee of 8 people to investigate the matter and produce a report in two weeks.
UJA president Bashir Kazibwe Mbaziira termed the incident as unfortunate.
“We believe that in a period of two weeks we have given the committee, anyone involved will come out speak how it happened,” said Kazibwe