PRINCIPAL Judge James Ogoola has asked for city tycoon Hassan Basajjabalabaâ€™s file on the assault case of New Vision photo journalist Arthur Kintu for further scrutiny.
Kintu filed a case against Basajjabalaba, the chairman of the NRM entrepreneurship league, for allegedly assaulting him on June 9.
The offence is said to have been committed at Namboole stadium during the NRM party delegatesâ€™ conference.
Buganda road court magistrate Francis Kobusheshe dismissed the case on October 5 after prosecution cited unconcluded investigations into the matter by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Kobusheshe wondered why the DPP was taking long to conclude investigations, but said the case would be reinstated when the DPP collected enough evidence.
Basajjabalaba had never appeared before court to answer the charges, despite a series of court summons.
Launching the â€œnational safety and security campaign for journalistsâ€ yesterday at the Grand Imperial Hotel, Ogoola was dismayed to learn that Kintuâ€™s case was dismissed.
â€œIf what you are telling me is accurate then it is very regrettable. I donâ€™t have all the facts about the case but probably it was dismissed on a technicality.â€
Ogoola asked the journalists to provide him with details of the case for a follow up.
The campaign was organised by the Human Rights Network for Journalists a non-profit organisation which advocates for journalistsâ€™ rights.
Ogoola calls for Basajja assault file