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KASESE: Journalists under their umbrella “Umbrella for Journalists in Kasese’’ are demanding an apology from Uganda Police for putting their colleague at gunpoint while covering the just concluded Busongora South by-election.

Alex Baluku, a journalist attached to Messiah FM in Kasese and Rwenzori Daily was on 18th August 2022 put at gunpoint by yet to be identified police officer while covering the by-elections at Katunguru Primary School polling station in Katwe Katabaro Town Council in Busongora South County Kasese district.

Baluku told that when they were covering the ongoing by-election at the above polling station, security ordered them to vacate the area.

‘’Though they told us to vacate the place, we continued covering, one of the security officers whom I didn’t identify just put me at gunpoint, I immediately fled the area for safety,’’ he explained.

While addressing the press on Friday evening at White House Gardens Kasese, Saimon Bikeke the Coordinator Umbrella for Journalists in Kasese said that they want police to come out publicly and apologize for putting their colleague at gunpoint while on duty.


‘’We shall not sit aside and watch, police should identify their colleague who put our own at gunpoint while on duty or else we shall shun their activities,’’ he said.

Bikeke said they have already opened a threatening violence case at Kasese Central Police Station under Ref. SD 33/19/082022 and they will use it for further action in case the police fail to identify their colleague who put Baluku at gunpoint.

‘’Threatening violence is a crime because when taken seriously it has serious effects on the victim, It causes stress, can force someone to even change their behaviour out of fear and in these ways negatively affects someone’s life,’’ he noted.

He also said making criminal threats comes with serious consequences adding even if you didn’t plan to carry out the threat.

‘’In some states, this crime might be referred to as terroristic threats, threats of violence, malicious harassment, menacing, or another term,’’ Bikeke added.

Bikeke however acknowledged that some police officers are indeed good people who have worked with them closely for years but they would like the police leadership to ruin individuals who mistreat journalists.

‘’Its therefore disheartening that many journalists have to brave security and health risks while executing their work. Like elsewhere journalists have stopped covering security/police events, Kasese journalists can also consider similar action if this unfortunate harassment continues unabated,’’ he noted.

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