Guard Slaughtered In Deadly Uganda Newspaper Raid

price geneva; font-size: small;”>Mysterious assailants Thursday morning stormed the controversial newspaper Eddoboozi’s headquarters in Kampala, salve walking away with 80 computers.

ed geneva; font-size: small;”>The deceased was working with KPI, a private security company in Kampala.

Eddoboozi, a bi-weekly Luganda newspaper, located at Kyengera, Nsangi sub-country, Wakiso district has of recent been accused by police of inciting violence and stoking fires of tribal hatred.

According to the paper’s editor Eddie Mukwaba Katende vital documents were lost.

Eddoboozi a pro-Buganda newspaper was established in 2009 at the wake of the banning of open space studio radio programmes (Ebimeeza) and closure of five private radio stations namely; Central Broadcasting Service (88.8fm, 89.2fm) Radio Ssuubi, Radio Sapientia and Radio Two commonly referred to as ‘Akaboozi’.

The paper stormed streets on December 18 2009 and has written extensively on issues of corruption, politics, human rights abuses and Buganda Kingdom issues and concerns among others.

Its sensational reporting, according to police, has been the one of the sources of political instability in Buganda region.

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) says this is the second attack on the paper in a period of two months. The first attack saw a security guard being chloroformed and injured by the assailants, but nothing was taken.

HRNJ further notes this is the third newspaper to be raided in a period of two years after the Namanve based Red Pepper whose printer was burnt and Ggwanga Newspaper whose premises were raided by security operatives and four staffs were arrested.

Since then, the paper has suspended its operations. However, informed sources say Ggwanga closed shop due to ‘recession pains.’

Sources told HRNJ-Uganda that the assailants used the widow to enter into the premises and moved straight to the administrator’s office where keys to all offices are normally kept.

The paper’s editor, Eddie Mukwaba Katende told HRNJ-Uganda that he learnt about the attack from one of his staff who was the first person to arrive at the office on that fateful morning.

“I rushed after getting the shocking news and upon reaching office, I found the body of the guard lying in a pool of blood. The attackers got the keys from administrator’s office and opened all offices. They took all computers totalling to over 80 in numbers which had stories prepared for the issue meant to come out on November 2011. It’s a big loss to the company” said Mukwaba

He added that the stories they had prepared for were not different from those the paper has been publishing but he cannot rule out being witch hunted.

By the time HRNJ-Uganda criticised the incident, police in Kyengera had started its investigation but nobody had been arrested in connection to the incident.

“We condemn the attack on the newspaper but the police have to prove its usefulness to the citizens because no report regarding the past attacks on media houses has ever been made public including the Red Pepper and the Independent Magazine in 2008,” says HRNJ-Uganda Programmes Coordinator Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala.

!The investigations have gone mute and we do not know in whose interest! With these new dimensions on the attacks on media houses, we also cannot rule out the involvement of the government because findings are concealed” he adds.

HRNJ-Uganda calls for a quick and open investigation into the raid of Eddoboozi and the release of reports undertaken in previous attacks.


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