Lwanga Case: Youth Protest Outside Court over Delayed Trial

Youth demonstrating with placards at Buganda Road court on Thursday (Photos: Michael Nteza)

Uganda Police have acquired an unspecified number of armored assault vehicles ahead of the coming general elections slated for 18th this month.

A number of anti-riot trucks which included “Mambas, pills ” wedged front plows and police water cannons were snapped this morning by Kenyan media at the G-section in the Port of Mombasa.

The Start News reported today that Kenyan port authorities vehemently refused to comment about the shipment.

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Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga when contacted about the matter declined to confirm the purchase, story advising us to wait until the shipment arrives in the country.

“We cannot confirm procurement of equipment that is not even in the country, dosage that’s not how we operate,” Enanga told Chimpreports on phone.

He added, “You should also understand that there is information which is classified and information which isn’t.”

Uganda Police trucks upon arrival in Kenya

Uganda Police trucks upon arrival in Kenya

The procurement of the vehicles resonates well with the recent warnings by  President Yoweri Museveni, Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura and the Army Commander Gen Edward Katumba Wamala that political uprisings after the February elections will not be given chance.

Opposition politicians on the other hand are relentlessly calling upon their supporters to stand up against what they term as the regime’s ploy to rig the elections.
Youth under the association of Youth Liberation Front (YLF) have stormed Buganda Road court in protest of the delayed ruling in the case of battered WBS Journalist Andrew Lwanga.

Led by their coordinator Robinson Wabulembo, visit web the activists blamed various government organs for the violation of journalists’ rights and blocking them from performing their duties

“We call upon the government to come up and punish their officers who participate in the violation of Human Rights. We shall not sit back as people’s rights are violated, ed ” said Wabulembo.

He said Police and government must ensure that Lwanga gets the required treatment as soon as possible before he develops other complications.

Lwanga was assaulted by Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye while covering a youth activist’s procession in Kampala.

He recently told reporters at court that the January 2015 assault in which his back bone was injured has since left him a beggar.

“It’s been painful every single day. I have become a problem to everyone around me. I feel bad seeing my colleagues out there working when I am sitting helplessly at home, viagra buy ” he said.

Lwanga’s colleagues have started up a fundraising drive dubbed Save Andrew, to raise USD 50,000 (about Shs 170million to facilitate an operation on his nervous system abroad.)

Mwesigye attending the court session

Mwesigye attending the court session

Activists are concerned that the case in which Mwesigye is accused of assaulting Lwanga and damaging two cameras has not proceeded due to failure of the state witness to appear in court

Buganda Road chief magistrate James Ereemye has adjourned the hearing of this case up to February 29.

Meanwhile, Lwanga’s family has called upon the general public to continue providing support to Lwanga to enable him raise the required amount of money (USD 50,000) for an operation abroad

“The delayed trial of this case has affected us a lot in all ways since we have seen magistrates sitting in this case being transferred,” Jennifer Lwanga, a family member, revealed on Thursday.

All people with financial support can send it to the mobile numbers of Andrew’s mother-    0782012279 or 0782521543 ?or Account number 1035100839726 in Equity Bank under the name Andrew Lwanga Kisegerwa.


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