By Kabuye Ronald
Following Buganda court’s judgment under grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu and convicting and handing a former district police commander DPC SP Joram Mwesigye a fine of one million and compensation of five million shillings to a former WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga who he brutalized, Human rights network for journalist Uganda (HRNJ-U) wants Mwesigye expelled from the police force.
Addressing a news conference, Robert Ssempala the national coordinator HRNJ-U said that they working closely with the victim Andrew Lwanga, directorate of public prosecutions to appeal the sentence in high court since the assault case attract a maximum of five years in prison and it has got no option of fine in additional to luring the police force to expel the errant Mwesigye from the police force since he is now a convictee.
He notes that they have observed that, the investing officer in this case acted in a manner that was aimed at defeating and not promoting justice by leaving out vital evidence that was readily available before adding that even the police surgeon whose evidence was key in this case failed to execute his mandate professional as a medical officer.
It’s on this note that Ssempala emphasized that they are to engage medical council to investigate his conduct and the motive behind his unprofessional conduct that frustrated justice.
Ssempala further lamented that court’ judgement doesn’t in anyway protect the media from gruesome attacks, since lenient sentence, only worsens the working environment for journalists thus promotion of impunity.