Mbarara Court Reinstates Journalist’s Case

Mbarara, 18th/November/2019; The High Court in Mbarara presided over by Justice Joyce Kavuma on November 14, 2019, reinstated Damba Wiziri’s case against Amanya Jordan which had been dismissed on 11th September 2019 for want of prosecution.

This came after Counsel Jonathan Bwagi representing Damba Wiziri on behalf of HRNJ-Uganda filed an application seeking leave of court to have the matter reinstated.

In accepting the Application, Court agreed and found merit in Counsel Bwagi’s argument, that the matter came up during the period when he was facing threats that prompted him to switch off his phones and keep away from the region. This made it impossible to communicate with his client and attend court. Court also considered the fact that the Application for reinstatement was filed in a reasonable time owing to the Applicant’s interest in prosecuting the case.

Amanya Jordan, the sub-county chief of Rugarama in Sheema district represented by Counsel Agaba Jadson was dragged to court by Damba Wiziri, a Vision Group journalist based in Mbarara District for alleged harassment and assault while covering the Sheema Municipality Parliamentary by-elections at Kikonko Primary School on 27th July 2018.

Meanwhile the hearing of the Application for reinstatement of Sheikh Abdhurhatifu’s case against Dr. Davis Assimwe at High Court, Mbarara was adjourned to 26th November 2019. Abdhurhatifu, a TV West Journalist, was allegedly assaulted and his camera damaged by Dr. Davis Assimwe, a medical doctor attached to Kabwohe Health Centre IV in Sheema district, western Uganda.

Sheikh had gone to the Health Centre to verify information from Dr. Asiimwe about a woman who had been erroneously diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and wrongfully prescribed ARVs for a period of about six years hence causing her severe side effects.

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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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