The police in Lira are investigating an alleged assault of Bismack Olang, a radio journalist with Unity Fm, by Lira Mayor Mike Ogwang Olwa.
The incident happened in the mayor’s office last week while Olang was covering a story on “cancellation of tender for boda boda revenue collection”.
“You are all aware the IGP has offered to guard the space for journalists in his directive to all units,” police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga told press in Kampala on Monday.
He said as a result, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is fast tracking the matter to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We however, note that the radio journalist was working alone, and we would like to caution all journalists about the dangers, risks and consequences of mobile journalism,” Enanga noted.
He added: “We are all aware “No news item is worth a journalist’s life”. Therefore, always carry out risks assessments before interviewing people or capturing a video.”
From the summary of homicide in the last weeks of 14th – 20th January, 2019, Enanga said that domestic related homicides are the biggest threat, and yet such murders come with warning signs of violence, threats and coercion against the victims.
“As a result we have tasked our Child and Family Protection Officers and the Police at large to take interest on domestic violence situation, especially where they receive repeated calls for assistance on domestic violence; and evaluate the danger levels especially on couples or families at the stage of separating and those driven/influenced by alcohol, jealousy, threats or stalking behaviour.”
Police has encouraged them to thoroughly document cases of stalking or escalating violence for the attention of the office of the DPP, PSAs and Judiciary (magistrates).
“We urge members of the public who have knowledge of someone who is experiencing domestic violence to call on toll free lines 0800199699 or 0800122291 or police emergency lines 999 or 112 and report to the police.”