Assault Case Against DPC Mwesigye Valid - Court

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Buganda Road Court has ordered suspended Old Kampala police commander, Joram Mwesigye, to defend himself against allegations that he assaulted Andrew Lwanga, a journalist attached to WBS TV

Buganda Road Court has ordered suspended Old Kampala police commander, Joram Mwesigye, to defend himself against allegations that he assaulted Andrew Lwanga, a journalist attached to WBS TV
 
Presiding Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu ordered the senior police officer to give his defense after she analysed the evidence of six prosecution witnesses and found that a prema facie case had been established against him by the prosecution.
  
This means that Mwesigye has to defend himself before a final judgment can be passed that will determine whether he is guilty of assault charges or not.
  
Mwesigye faces three counts including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two other counts of malicious damage to property.
  
The state alleges that on the January 12, 2015 along Namirembe Road and Bakuli, Mwesigye unlawfully assaulted Lwanga and damaged his video camera. He is also accused of damaging a camera of a Bukedde TV journalist, Joseph Ssetimba.
  
The alleged assault happened when the two journalists had been assigned to cover a peaceful demonstration of jobless youths who were marching to present a petition to  the Inspector General of Police.
  
Following the battering, Lwanga has since sustained spinal injuries from the said assault and walks on crutches. President Museveni at one time had to intervene to give financial assistance to Lwanga to undergo surgery as he could not afford it on his own.
  
Magistrate Kamasanyu has set December 7 this year as the date the senior officer is expected to commence his defense.

 

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Wilson Akiiki Kaija
Wilson Akiiki Kaija is is a URN editor and media trainer with 12 years’ experience as a journalist, and producer. He joined URN in April 2011 as a News Editor, before moving on to head the Training Department towards the end of 2014. He is in charge of coordinating URN’s internship and mid-career training programmes.


He has previously worked as a Senior Journalism Trainer for the BBC Media Action where he coordinated training and mentoring programme in Uganda. Between 2004 and 2007, Wilson managed and directed programming at Kyoga Veritas Radio, a community radio station based in Soroti, Uganda.