By Kabuye Ronald
Buganda Road court chief magistrate Jameson Karemani has acquitted four journalists who were accused of defaming city tycoons Ephraim Ntaganda and Drake Lubega on accusation of land grabbing and intention to murder the land owner.
In his judgement, Karemani said that by journalists exhibiting negligence in verifying information given to them by the source cannot solely cause their conviction since in this case the source was the one claiming to having been trailed with an intention for his murder by the complaints.
he added that it’s not the reporters who in this case were accused that published the stories but rather the editors of the said newspapers that is Red pepper, Hello and Bukedde.
court however convicted Juma Segawa Tamale who gave the information to the news paper on grounds that he accused the publication of the news stories.
Segawa in the publications claimed that Ntaganda and Drake Lubega trailed him on boda boda with intention to murder him so that they can freely grab the land that he inherited from his family near Kiseka market in kampala.
The acquitted person include Benon Tugumisirize, Ronald Nahabwe, Madinah Nalwanga and Patrick Tumwesigye
In litigation the state attorney Peter Mugisha prayed for a maximum custodial sentence of two years since he portrayed the complaints as land grabbers and murderers which did not only ruin their reputation and trade but also made their families to suffer mentally and morally.
However the defense lawyer Kivumbi Ibrahim prayed for fine since the convictee is first offender, young,enterprising, sole bread winner for the family and has dependents he looks after adding that if court is inclined to give a custodial sentence it shouldn’t exceed a month.
Now court has set tomorrow friday at 2pm as the day it will deliver the sentence.