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Police hunt goons for assaulting journalistsPublish Date: Dec 11, 2013
Police hunt goons for assaulting journalists
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Badru Kyewalyanga a freelance journalist with Vision Group’s Bukedde TV

By Henry Nsubuga

Police in Mukono District are hunting for bodaboda goons who allegedly assaulted Bukedde journalists who were coming from duty on Saturday evening.

Police identified the victims as Badru Kyewalyanga and Moses Kizito Buule who are freelance journalists for Bukedde TV and Bukedde newspaper respectively.

The duo sustained injuries and their gadgets were destroyed by the mob.

The officer in charge of crime in Mukono Police Division, Henry Mugumya said that the journalists asked an unidentified bodaboda rider on a Bajaj Boxer, registration  number UDT 865C at 10:00pm local time to take them from Bajjo to Mukono.

Mugumya said that when the rider reached Bajjo town, he decided to take a route deviating from the one going to Mukono which forced the suspicious journalists to ask him to stop.

“The bodaboda rider instead made an alarm which called for many of his colleagues and he told them that the journalists were bodaboda thieves who had wanted to steal his bodaboda.

"The other fellows with him started beating up the journalists until when they tipped Seeta Police which later rescued them,” Mugumya said.

Buule who sustained some injuries on the hand said they were coming from Emmanuel Katongole’s home in Bajjo in Goma Division, Mukono Municipality for a duty.

“Bodaboda men did not listen to us; we showed them our identification cards for Vision Group but they just went on with the beating.

"I had to call the officer in charge of operations at Mukono Police, Resty Kansiime who ordered Seeta Police to come for our rescue,” Buule said

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