Old Kampala DPC Charged for Assaulting Journalists

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Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye was on Thursday afternoon produced before Buganda Road Court for allegedly beating up journalists while they covered a demonstration by unemployed youth in Kampala on Tuesday. He was charged with assault causing bodily harm and malicious damage to property before Grade One Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa.

Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye was on Thursday afternoon produced before Buganda Road Court for allegedly beating up journalists while they covered a demonstration by unemployed youth in Kampala on Tuesday.
 
He was charged with assault causing bodily harm and malicious damage to property before Grade One Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa. He denied all the charges before being released on a cash bail of 800,000 Shillings.
 
His five sureties who were mainly fellow police officers attached to Old Kampala police station; were each bonded at a noncash of Ugx 2million.
 
The police officer who was arrested, a day after he allegedly committed the offense, has also been suspended from work.
 
He is accused of seriously assaulting Mr Andrew Lwanga, a cameraman with Wavah Broadcasting Servise (WBS TV) on the head. He is currently nursing head injuries at Nsambya hospital as a result of the beatings.
 
Meanwhile, Journalist Idah Walusimbi who was earlier arrested for spreading harmful propaganda has been released on Police Bond. Walusimbi, a reporter and moderator attached to Joy FM was reportedly arrested after airing details of an interview with renegade General David Sejusa.

Sejusa exiled himself after releasing a dossier claiming that President Yoweri Museveni was grooming his son to be Uganda's next leader and that anyone opposed to Museveni's succession plan risked being killed. A former close ally of the President, Sejusa suddenly became critical of the rapid promotion within the army of the first son, who is now a brigadier-general in charge of Special Forces.

During his exile, Sejusa spoke of Ugandans being "hostages" to a "family clique".

But analysts say that the deal for Sejusa's return may have been partly motivated by a wish on the part of the government to stop such a senior figure from joining the opposition.

"He negotiated his return. The government facilitated him with a ticket and for now we consider him a free man," Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo is quoted by the BBC.

From different circles, sources are slowly piecing together what may have been a surrender of an army position for Sejusa to return home. Earlier, the army had fully deployed to arrest General David Sejusa on alleged charges of treason and desertion - which charges have seemingly been dropped.