Crime & Investigation

‘DPC Mwesigye Nearly Broke My Spinal Cord’

Lwanga (L) shows to court the results of the scan showing how his spinal cord was affected by Mwesigye's brutal whips

KCC have their best attacker Michael Birungi back in the squad for the CAF Champions League trip to Cameroon to face Cosmos De Bafia.

KCC’S media team reports that Birungi who missed the first leg was passed fit for the trip alongside defender Ronnie Kisekka has also shaken off his injury. The tricky winger earned rave reviews for his performance when made a brief but enterprising return during the game against Simba on Friday beautifully setting up Herman Wasswa for defending champions’ opening goal.

Seasoned Sports journalist and Capital FM sports guru Brian Tuka reflected on his ‘amazing performance’ after the SC Villa-Rwenshama game at Nakivubo on Tuesday. “Sometimes he deserves a pat on the back, salve he is KCC’s most wasteful player too, price ” the renowned censor said.

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Meanwhile, the club has also confirmed that Hakim Ssenkumba’s injury was “just simple which will take hours or so to settle” and that the defensive midfielder was also fit to travel. There was however no place for injured new signings Francis Olaki and Savio Kabugo on the 18 man squad.

Saturday’s return leg against De Bafia in Duala kicks off at 4pm Ugandan time. KCC carry a slender 1-0 advantage into the second leg. The team has jetted out at 10am aboard Air Rwanda and is expected to touch down in Duala later on Wednesday evening.

Squad that travelled: Yasin Mugabi, Benjamin Ochan, Timothy Awani, Ayub Kizza, Simon Namwanja, Isaac Ntege, Ronnie Kisekka, Habib Kavuma and Sakka Mpiima , Tom Masiko, Owen Kasule, Michael Birungi, Hakim Ssenkumba and Ivan Ntege, Herman Wasswa, Derrick Nsibambi, William Wadri and Paul Mucureezi.
WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga has pinned former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye in an assault case against journalists who were covering a protest march of the pressure group National Association of the Unemployed at the beginning of this year.

In his evidence, prostate the 28-year old journalist told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa that on the fateful day, more about he was assigned by the head of the WBS new desk to cover youth who had organized a press briefing where they intended to address a number of issues.

“I arrived at JEEMA headquarters in Mengo at 10:00am and found other journalists. After 15 minutes the briefing started and lasted for about an hour. Among the key issues discussed was the resumption of their countrywide activities (registering the unemployed) and they were to request for permission from the Inspector General of Police before kicking off with the activities, viagra 40mg ” Lwanga told court on Wednesday morning.

According to the WBS camera man, the youth then started marching to Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala to deliver a letter at the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s office.

“As soon as we approached the V-junction near old Kampala Secondary School, a Toyota Mark II series registration number UAT 150L approached us at a terrific speed before two uniformed policemen came out with guns. Another gentleman in casual wear also came out before the Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye also got out with a cane and started chasing the youth.”

Lwanga added, “Many of them ran towards the nearby City Oil petrol station whereas others went towards Old Kampala Secondary School playground as the DPC followed them.”

The journalist explained that it was at this time that Mwesigye slid and fell in the middle of the road, attracting laughter from onlookers.

“I was at this time near him and started filming but on getting up, we looked each other in the eye before he raised the cane in a bid to flog me only to jump and escape. In the process Bukedde TV journalist Joseph Ssetimba got caned.”

Lwanga told court that the DPC then drove off towards Old Kampala police station before the youth reorganized and proceeded with their journey to Naguru.

However, according to the journalist, two armed policemen embarked on a mission of arresting the youth who were now running towards the city centre with placards and the purported letter to the IGP.

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

“As they proceeded along Namirembe road, a police officer approached us from the city centre forcing the two youth to branch off to the nearby Florina bar and restaurant in a bid to seek refugee but the worse turned to worst when the cops followed them. It was then that the DPC’s Toyota Mark II series came back and the youth were arrested and bundled inside.”


Lwanga added that at this time Mwesigye started beating whoever he came across including journalists and in the process he (Lwanga) was clobbered on the head.

“He first tried to beat my hand but I guarded it using the camera that immediately got smashed. It was at this time that he turned the stick and beat me on the head above the ear and I fell down. Some people I don’t remember then lifted me to his car and drove off to the police station. Here they put me behind the counter as they ordered me to sit down and efforts to request for some drinking water fell on deaf ears.”

The journalist told court that it was then that the then Kampala South RPC James Ruhweza approached and rushed him to Mulago hospital from where he got first aid.

Lwanga added that he was later discharged and went back home but a day later he felt unconscious while at the Central Police Station where he had gone to record a statement and was rushed to Nsambya hospital.

“I was then taken for scanning where it was revealed by the medics that my spinal cord had been compressed and needed some extra medication in order to be able to regain full fitness. In fact up to now after getting some treatment I still have pain in the back and find difficulty while walking and sitting,” Lwanga told court.

Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa however adjourned the case to March 30, 2015 for further hearing.

Prosecution alleges that on January 12, 2015 at Florina Bar and Restaurant   along Namirembe Road in Kampala, 38-year old Mwesigye assaulted a WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecution further alleges that Mwesigye willfully and unlawfully caused malicious damage, spoiling two video cameras a Sony PD170 belonging to Andrew Lwanga and a Panasonic camera belonging to Joseph Ssettimba.


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