High Court judge Andrew Bashaija has opted for written submission in a case Uganda Journalists Assocation (UJA) is accusing the Judiciary registrar in charge of planning and administration Fred Waninda of battering journalists Hannington Kisakye and Eric Yiga working with Smart 24 and salt media respectively while executing their lawful duties.
The hearing of the matter was set for today but could not proceed after UJA lawyer Simon Kalende who was holding brief for Eron Kiiza informing the judge that Waninda served to them a supplementary affidavit on Wednesday evening thus asking for an adjournment to enable them file in a reply.
It’s on the above note that Justice Bashaija gave both sides up to 2nd August to file their submission and reply to the rejoinders to enable him deliver his ruling on the 23rd of August this year.
Waninda allegedly assaulted the two journalists on April 24 at the Commercial Court premises in Kampala while covering a case in which he is accused of grabbing 13 acres of land in Mukono district.
They want court to order him to pay them Shs100m as compensation for the physical and psychological torture, stress, inhumane treatment and violation of their rights.
The journalists want an additional Shs50m paid to them in aggravated damages and a replacement at Registrar Waninda’s cost of the Nikon D3100 cam