Judgement Day for Joram Mwesigye

Joram Mwesigye standing in the dock during a court session Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo
It was 12th January 2015 when a WBS Television journalist, Andrew Lwanga who was covering a peaceful procession by a group of unemployed youth along Namirembe Road in Kampala, met his unfortunate fate when he was brutally assaulted by a senior police officer, the then District Police Commander (DPC) of Old Kampala, Joram Mwesigye. Lwanga was rushed to hospital in a critical and life-threatening condition.

On the 13th of January, 2015, it took a group of journalists, led by their body Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) resorting to a peaceful demonstration from the city center to the Police headquarters in Naguru for the police to take action by arresting the implicated officer and charging him with Assault and malicious damage to property at Buganda Road Court. He was released on bail on the same day.

Trial has raged on since 2015 to now 10th March, 2017 when court is set to deliver its final judgement on the matter. This case has been a center of attention and generated interest of many journalists -both local and international, media fraternity, Civil society, Non-Governmental Organisations, the International and Donor community, politicians, government and the general public, among others.

Given the aforementioned, Andrew Lwanga will be in court on Friday 10th March, 2016 with full hope of getting justice after over two years of religiously going against all odds to be at court.

Lets stand in solidarity with Andrew Lwanga and the media at large in seeking justice and pushing for a more secure working environment as we attend court to witness delivery of the much-awaited judgement.

HRNJ-UG Admin

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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