Rights Body Wants Former DPC Mwesigye Dismissed For Assaulting Journalist

By Ritah Kemigisa

The Human Rights Network for Journalists has asked the police to dismiss former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye who was last week convicted of assaulting television journalist Andrew Lwanga.

On Friday, Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu   found DPC Mwesigye guilty of assaulting Lwanga and causing bodily harm to him in 2015 and ordered him to compensate the victim with Shs 5M in addition to paying a Shs 1M court fine within 30 days or he serves one year in jail.

Addressing journalists, the group’s National Coordinator Robert Ssempala says police using its mandate under the Police Act Section 40 should dismiss Mwesigye for his discreditable conduct to act as a lesson to other officers.

He says that they will also write to the police council and the public service commission to ensure the affected journalist gets fair justice.