Journalists beaten on gunpoint as Buikwe leaders share ‘gov’t money’

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Two journalists are nursing injuries after local leaders in Buikwe district beat them up after the newsmen found them sharing government money.

Uganda Journalists Association [UJA], a body that fights for the rights of journalists, said the incident happened on Thursday.

The group was led by Kitazi Parish Buikwe Sub County Chairperson Sunday Hilari, Wasswa Ronald and a one Apollo.

The journalists found them sharing money which they allegedly received from one Mivulu Ibrah, the Chairperson of Kasubi Boda Boda Association in Buikwe district.

The trio put the journalists on gunpoint, beat them badly and humiliated them.

The battered journalists include; Kafeero Isaac and Sseruyange Christopher working with Baba TV and CBS Emanduso, respectively.

The victims have made statements at the police station.

Ronald Kabuye, UJA Secretary for Information, said they are working with UJA Human Rights and Media Safety secretary, Arnold Musoke Anthony, to bring the accused to account.

“We are working with our legal team led by Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates to bring justice on the doorsteps of the perpetrators of the uncivilised violence,” Kabuye noted.

Government money?

The said money is from a government development initiative for Luwero-Rwenzori Triangle Project.

According to Office of the Prime Minister [OPM] website, Luwero-Rwenzori Triangle (Support to LRDP) is led by Hon. Dennis Galabuzi Ssozi, Minister of State for Luweero Triangle, Ketty Lamaro Under Secretary for Pacification & Development and Kasirabo Norbert Assistant Commissioner, Luwero Triangle.

The project was set up to redress the adverse socio economic effects of the NRM liberation war (1981-86) and ADF insurgency (1996-2003) that disrupted the development of 39 districts in the two sub-regions of Luwero and Rwenzori and also reduce the number of people living below the poverty line by 5% by 2015.

It also coordinates the payment of war debts and pay one off gratuity to civilian veterans in Luwero Triangle Region and Rwenzori region.

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