Court Isues Criminal Summons for Lwengo Politician

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Robert Ssempala, the Coordinator Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda, which provides legal support to Nakawoya, said he is extremely disappointed that the case has dragged on.

The Masaka Grade One magistrate, Aisha Nabukeera has issued criminal summons for Eddie Sansa Luwaga, the former Bukoto Midwest Parliamentary candidate.
 

Nabukeera issued the summons this afternoon after Sansa failed to show up for the ruling in a case, in which he is accused of assaulting Shamim Nakawooya Jjingo, a Daily Monitor correspondent based in Masaka.
 
 
It is alleged that Sansa assaulted Nakawooya on October 28th 2015 at Masaka Regional Police Headquarters where had been summoned to record a statement over electoral malpractices in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries in Lwengo district.
 
 
Sansa reportedly pounded on the defenseless reporter who tried to interview him on why he had been summoned a statement on his failure to pay his debts. He allegedly fondled Nakawooya's phone before smashing the smart phone she was using to record the interview.
 
 
In her statement before court, Nakawooya alleges that Sansa even threatened to run over her with his vehicle. The magistrate was expected to deliver her ruling after hearing submissions from both parties.


However, Sansa failed to show up in court. His lawyer, Joseph Wasswa told court that his client notified him that he couldn't make it to court because he was ill. He didn't tell court where Ssansa is admitted and what he is suffering from.
 
 
This prompted Nabukeera to issue criminal summons for Ssansa to appear in Court on November 11th for judgment, adding that she doesn't expect the suspect to skip court since no evidence was submitted to confirm his ill health.

 
Shortly after the adjournment, Robert Ssempala, the Coordinator Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda, which provides legal support to Nakawoya, said he is extremely disappointed that the case has dragged on.
 

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Nakawoya said she will not lose hope in this case, adding that justice will prevail.
 
 

 

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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.