Old Kampala DPC Arrested for Assaulting Journalists Top story

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Unlike other officers whose cases are investigated by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), the assault case is being handled by CID. According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, Mwesigye will be charged like a civilian before the courts of law.

Joram Mwesigye, the Old Kampala Divisional Police Commander who assaulted Kampala journalists has been arrested and suspended from the force pending investigation.

Mwesigye is currently recording a statement at the Central Police Station (CPS) before the Kampala Metropolitan police Criminal Investigations chief, Rebecca Namugenyi.

Unlike other officers whose cases are investigated by the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), the assault case is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Department. According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, Mwesigye will be charged like a civilian before the courts of law.

Police had initially held a negotiation between Lwanga represented by an official from the Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRN-J) and the officer. The negotiations chaired by Anatoli Muleterwa, the KMP Community Liaison Officer (CLO) had resolved to have the officer compensate the journalists by buying his voice recorder, camera and pay for his treatment.

However, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura issued an order for the officer who was still at the KMP headquarters at CPS to be arrested.A number of journalists have recorded supporting statements as well as Lwanga.

The two journalists Andrew Lwanga and Joseph Settimba were beaten while covering a demonstration by the National Unemployed Youths (NAU) in Kampala yesterday.