Crime & Investigation

2 Held in Kyenjojo Murder

Police are investigating the Kyenjojo murder

The UK’s prestigious Royal Television Society has presented its Judges’ Award to Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste, purchase Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy.

The award is given to recognise their outstanding contribution to the advancement of television journalism.

The trio was put in prison by the Egyptian authorities on 29 December 2013. Greste was only finally released earlier this month, while the ordeal for Mohamed and Fahmy continues – they were bailed last week pending retrial.

In presenting the award, the RTS said: “Tonight the RTS recognises the three ‘brothers,’ as Peter has called them. The released one and two on bail – Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.”

It said the journalists “conducted themselves with enormous dignity and courage in the face of continued uncertainty about their fate.  And we also recognise the commitment of the people who have campaigned and continue to campaign for the release of the two on bail.”

Accepting the award on behalf of all three, Greste thanked his fellow news professionals: “I’d be willing to bet this award that journalists have never united around a single common cause in the way that they have ours. I know how important it has been.

“For us in prison, of course we knew a bit about it. We were aware of some of the demonstrations; we’d heard about the zip-the-lips campaign and the letters. We knew the subject was consistently coming up in news conferences and interviews. And most surprisingly, some of our most vocal supporters were our direct rivals like CNN and the BBC, who’d normally rather eat their own babies than acknowledge the opposition!”

Greste said, “At the personal level, it was hugely empowering. It helped put rods of steel into our spines, because we came to understand that this was about something far bigger than the three of us alone. It was about the universal principles of freedom of expression, about the public’s right to know. And we knew you were right there with us.”
Police in Kyenjojo district are holding a man and his son on allegations of murder.

It is reported Kaguta Eriya and his father, pharmacy January Gucwaki on Wednesday night at around 12:00am connived with a one Edward Businge; both residents of Katooke Sub-County to kill in cold blood, there Brian Bala, 25, of the same area.

Kaguta, Businge and the deceased (Bala) were involved in a serious battle over a woman before Gucwaki intervened.

In an attempt to separate the rioting youths, Gucwaki with the help of Kaguta and Businge reportedly tied up the deceased before one of them hit him on the head using a brick.

Bala died shortly after being admitted at Rehemah’s Clinic in Katooke Town Council.

Omuhereza Kabarole, an LC one chairperson of Kyamguka village and also an uncle of the deceased warned residents against mob justice, asking police to take to court the culprits.

He further said Businge was also rushed to the hospital to treat the wounds he sustained during the scuffle.

Kyenjojo District Police Commander Martin Mbabazi confirmed arrests.

Mbabazi said the suspects will be taken to court on charges of murder when investigations are complete.

He said cases of murder were reportedly on the rise due to domestic violence, love wrangles and land disputes.


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