Crime & Investigation

Uganda Journalists Plan Media Blackout on Police

Controversial Kampala socialite Zari Hassan has finally bowed to pressure and returned home to take care of her children who had made several outcries wondering what had happened to their mother whom they had taken ages without seeing.

To this effect, cost a Campaign codenamed #BringBackOurMum was started by Zari’s former close friend, King Lawrence after Zari missed two of her sons’ birthday parties which prompted them to ask King Lawrence who was in their company all along what had caused their mother to abandon them.

The candid King Lawrence held nothing back as he openly disclosed to the kids that their mother was hoping from one man to another all-around Africa.

This shocked the kids who started becoming moody and reportedly were even starting to become thin.

This is when the showy Lawrence declared on social media that he was going to pay Zari’s lover, Daimond Platinumz $40,000 to leave the mother of three go back to her Children.

The next day, after he claimed to have finalized the transaction with Platinumz and Zari, King Lawrence shared with ChimpLyf photos of with her kids in a swimming pool. It remains unclear whether Zari went back to her children because of the money or because of the motherly love she had for them.
Leaders of Uganda journalists associations gather at a hotel in Kampala Tuesday to determine a “robust action” against Joram Mwesigye, website like this 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, hospital whose members continue to abuse journalists’ human rights with impunity.

Chimpreports broke the news of the assault, stuff 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.

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