The trial in which a senior police officer is accused of seriously assaulting journalists who were in line of duty recently; kicked off today with one of the assaulted journalists Joseph Ssettimba testifying. In his testimony, Mr Ssettimba, a journalist with Bukedde Television, told Buganda Road Court that the suspended Old Kampala DPC Mr Joram Mwesigye used an electricity cable to assault him.
In his testimony, Mr Ssettimba, a journalist with Bukedde Television, told Buganda Road Court that the suspended Old Kampala DPC Mr Joram Mwesigye used an electricity cable to assault him.
Recalling the events of the day in the field, the journalist in an emotional narration, told court that Mr Mwesigye jumped out of his car armed with an electric cable which had hooks and started chasing him while hitting him with the same.
He said in the event, the hooks on the cable gripped his pair of trousers and ripped them apart leaving him half naked, an event that embarrassed him in public.
The journalist also told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa that his video camera was damaged in the process by the police officer who in turn pounced on his colleague Andrew Lwanga of WBS TV.
Mr Lwanga was admitted at Nsambya hospital for several weeks following the alleged beating by Mr Mwesigye.
To that effect, the police officer is facing charges of assault and occasioning bodily harm and malicious damage to property.
He is currently on a cash bail of Shs800, 000 while his sureties are each bonded at Shs2million, not cash.
The alleged assault of the journalists happened as they covered the unemployed youths in Kampala recently as they marched to Naguru police headquarters.
The group was taking their letter to the IGP seeking permission to hold different rallies on the way forward on the unemployment challenges in the country.
Prosecution alleges that on January 12 at Florida Bar and Guest House along Namirembe Road in Kampala, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Mwesigye assaulted Mr Lwanga.
The prosecution further claims that on the same day along Shell Petrol Station in Bakuli, a city suburb, the suspect maliciously damaged two video cameras belonging to the journalists.