Troubled Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye To Close Defense

Former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye who is accused of assaulting WBS Journalist Andrew Lwanga before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu is set to close his defense in this matter on 28th January 2017 when he will produce the last defense witnesses.

Yesterday Defense counsel Obed Mwebesa asked court for an adjournment to enable them present their remaining witness, approved which the state prosecutor Patricia Kintho didn’t oppose.

A 33year old Bodaboda rider at Old Kampala stage Wilberforce Mucunguzi was Defence’s second last witness to appear in court yesterday.

In his submission, the witness said on January 12, 2015 he was refilling at Shell Petrol Station at Bakuli when a group of youths approached holding placards containing words that they wanted jobs.

He adds that a few minutes later, police officers arrived at the scene in a private car and tried to prevent the youths from continuing with the demonstration. In the scuffle that ensued he says he saw the accused (Joram Mwesigye) being pushed down on a pavement.

The witness told court that thereafter a number of youths were arrested and taken to Old
Kampala Police in the civilian car which was later followed by a number of people.

“In the process I got a passenger heading to Old Kampala police where I found the people arrested being entered in to the station but among them I saw one who rose up his arm and said that he was a news reporter but the officers asked him to first cool down”

Mucunguzi says he was surprised later in the evening watching news to see reports that one journalist had been beaten by DPC Joram Mwesigye.


During cross examination however, the witness said he recorded a statement at Old Kampala Police station on 19th January, but could not recall the contents of the statement or the officer who recorded it.


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