Uganda journalists Assocation UJA has revealed that high Court judge Andrew Bashaija gave a one sided judgeme in a case they filed against judiciary registrar Fred Waninda for battering journalists Hanningtion Kisakye and Eric Yiga working Smart 24 and Salt media respectively.
In his judgement, Justice Andrew Bashaija said that UJA didn’t attached any evidence of photos, video footage, medical forms and complaint to the office of the Inspector General of Police that a one Johnson Dale Olal refused to open up a file against Waninda.
However, while addressing a press conference today, UJA secretary for human rights and media safety Mukose Arnold Anthony exhibited an affividit in rejoinder by Hanningtion Kisakye received by high Court on 12th August with evidence of the petition to the IGP over refusal by Johnson Dale Olal to open up a file against Waninda and video footage showing how the latter battered journalists and destroyed the camera at commercial court marked HK2 and HK3 respectively.
Mukose expressed dismay over an experienced judicial officer decision to sideline their rejoinder and evidence but instead opt to use one sided submission for Waninda and further ruled that beating journalists was not a human rights violation matter thus dismissing that case and condemning them to costs.
He assured journalists and the public that they are to appeal the judgement as soon as possible since it sets a bad precedent .
He further wondered why justice Bashaija warned journalists and UJA lawyers over pursuit to file a case in high court. Adding that they are yet to write to the principal judge to draw his attention.
In the same way, Mukose urged journalists to join the victims on September,17 a date that judicial service commission discplinary committee will sit to hear the judicial misconduct complaint against Waninda and dispose it off.