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JOURNALISTS VOW TO INVESTIGATE THE DEATH OF THEIR COLLEAGUE

By Our Reporter

MASINDI: Journalists under their umbrella Greater-Masindi Media Practitioners Association {GMEPA} have vowed to investigate the death of Gerald Aseera, the former news anchor of Kings FM 93.6 FM Masindi.

This was disclosed by the GMEPA President Steven Wandera while addressing mourners yesterday {Friday} at the send-off of Aseera. He was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Pakanyi Village Pakanyi Sub County Buruli County in Masindi district.

Wandera said it was unfortunate for their colleague to die in such a manner saying that in most cases investigations die in movies but this time round it won’t.

‘’In most cases police don’t investigate such incidents, as journalists we shall not sit a side and watch when our colleagues are being killed, as media we are going to investigate,’’ he assured mourners.

Wandera who survived bullets last year said that the perpetrators who were behind the killing or those who gunned down Aseera should be brought to book.

‘’Aseera was a loyal person, humble and hardworking man, those behind his death should be brought to book, journalism isn’t a crime,’’ he said.

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Dorothy Nyambubi, a journalist attached to Kings FM 93.6 Masindi said that media has all it takes to investigate into the brutal murder of Aseera Gerald. ‘’If we can investigate other cases, why not our own, we shall not sit aside and mourn, we are going to investigate into the murder of our colleague,’’ she said.

Gerald Aseera was gunned down on 1st June 2022 at around 00:30hours by a private security guard at Coca-Cola depot Masindi branch.

ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, identified the suspect as Ekou Simon 38, security guard working with Blue Whale Security Company Ltd and attached to Coca-Cola depot Masindi branch.

On 1st June 2022, Police released a statement that Aseera was shot dead stealing four cartons of soda from the same depot.

While addressing mourners, Mr. Isingoma Peter the father of Aseera Gerald rejected the police statement and said that his late son wasn’t a thief and he has never got any theft rumour about his son.

‘’My son wasn’t a thief, he wasn’t arrested or got any theft rumour about my late son, I therefore reject the police statement,’’ he rejected.

Mr. Isingoma also asked police to investigate into the death of his son saying they shouldn’t rely on theft allegations. ‘’My late son should get justice, the police should investigate his death because he wasn’t a thief,’’ he said.

Mr. Mugabi Badru the Station Manager Kings FM 93.6 Masindi disclosed that they have already paid 150,000 shillings to police to track the late Aseera’s phone since it also went missing after his death.

‘’Police told me to pay 150,000 shillings to track his phone since it also went missing when Aseera was gunned down, let me hope they will track it and bring the suspects on board,’’ he said.

Mugabi also challenged the police to work closely with the neighbours of Coca-Cola depot since he was informed that Aseera was shot at 11pm along the road, and later dragged to the depot.

‘’Since we have cameras, police should also release the footages of the incident rather than relying on the rumour of theft, Aseera wasn’t a thief,’’ he insisted.

Cosmas Byaruhanga the Masindi district LCV Chairperson tasked the police to investigate into the murder of Aseera starting with the information gathered from different sources.

‘’Police should start the investigations with the current information obtained from different sources before another incident happens because we don’t know who is next,’’ he said.

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