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POLICE SPEAKS OUT ON MURDER OF MASINDI JOURNALIST

By Our Reporter

MASINDI: Police in Masindi District are investigating circumstances under which a journalist attached to Kings Broadcasting Services {Kings FM 93.6} was shot and killed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Aseera was a news anchor at the station, was shot in the chest at around 12am by a private security guard at a soda depot in Masindi town.

The journalist died moments after being rushed to Masindi General Hospital.

According to Rashida Tooti, an eyewitness at the hospital, the deceased was dumped near the children’s ward by unknown people at around 1am, and they suspected him to be a thief.

‘’He was dumped near the children’s ward, and I suspected him to be a thief, but I was shocked this morning to hear that he works with Kings FM,’’ she said.

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

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According to police, the incident happened at around 00:30hrs when the deceased accessed the depot. The matter was reported at Masindi CPS by Chemengu Adam male adult, a police officer attached to the same police station.

Scene of the crime was visited by the deputy CID and the team.

Police recovered Rifle number UG. PSO21008209637 and three rounds of ammunition recovered from the suspect and exhibited.

‘’He is in our custody at Masindi CPS to assist in the investigations,’’ said Hakiza.

Speaking to ugreports at Masindi Hospital Mortuary, Steven Wandera the Greater-Masindi Media Practitioners Association {GMEPA} President condemned the act and asked police to thoroughly investigate the matter since most journalists have lost their lives in such incidents.

‘’Police should thoroughly investigate the matter because many people have lost their dear lives in such scenarios,’’ said Wandera.

Ronald Bantu the Programs Manager at Kings FM 93.6 told ugreports that he was informed about the death of their colleague at around 2am. ‘’It’s unfortunate we have lost him, he was a humble and hardworking man,’’ he said.

Bantu asked police to investigate the matter and bring the suspect to book.

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