Injured journalist: police charge Lukwago with assault

Kugonza whimpers in pain after getting injured

Police have preferred charges of assault and malicious damage against Erias Lukwago, the embattled City Lord Mayor and Makindye Division Councilor Allan Ssewanyana.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says the duo is being held accountable for the attack Delta TV cameraman Isaac Kugonza.

Kugonza was injured on Monday during a confrontation between Police and Lukwago outside his home in Wakaliga on his way to the Electoral Commission headquarters for Kampala mayor nominations.

It is not clear how Kugonza was injured. Some of the eye witnesses claimed Kugonza was shot on the head, but Police insists he was hit by a stone. Both Lukwago and Ssewanyana were picked up and held at Nagalama Police station before they were released.

"Lukwago and Ssewanyana were arrested as the prime suspects in the assault of Kugonza and Molly Nyamwiza who sustained a fracture on her knee," said Enanga.

“The confrontation could have been avoided if only Lukwago had adhered to the communication from the Electoral commission postponing the nominations of the Kampala lord mayor,” he added.

Prossy Kisitu, the Delta TV Editor News Editor says Kugonza sustained a crack on his skull which has affected his eyes and jaw.
"A scan was done last night and it showed that his skull had cracked. He is in severe pain," Kisitu said.

Livingston Ssewanyana, the Executive Director the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative has asked police to stop using excessive force to curtail people's freedom of assembly and demonstration.

"We are concerned on the continued wanton use of force, tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets against Kampala's Lord Mayor Lukwago and his supporters. These practices are demeaning, degrading and run counter to the principles of good policing," Dr. Ssewanyana said.

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