NRM Contestant Charged With Assault on Journalist

Local football governing body, there Fufa has organized two international build up friendlies for the Uganda Cranes team that is bound for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda.

“Gabon and Cameroon have agreed to play two friendly matches (with Uganda) before the trio head to Rwanda for the 2016 CHAN Final, this ” Fufa confirmed in a statement.

The two; Gabon and Cameroun will arrive on 7th and 8th January to pitch camp and will play the test matches on Sunday 10th and Wednesday 13th respectively. Both games will be played at the Fufa technical training centre in Njeru near Jinja.

“The developments (friendlies) will be beneficial to the Uganda Cranes as we prepare for the CHAN Finals. The training camp for Uganda Cranes will be held at the FUFA Technical Centre, view Njeru,” Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein said.

Gabon is in group A alongside hosts Rwanda, Morocco and Ivory Coast while Cameroon falls in group B with DR Congo, Angola and neighbors Ethiopia.

Uganda Cranes Chan fixtures:

Tuesday 19th January Mali vs Uganda Saturday

23rd January Uganda vs. Zambia Wednesday

27th January Uganda vs. Zimbabwe

All matches will be played at the Umuganda Stadium in Gisenyi.

Masaka Chief Magistrates Court on December 14, more about charged the Parliamentary contestant for the Lwengo NRM flag , more about Eddie Ssansa, sick with assault on a Daily Monitor journalist Shamim Jjingo Nakawooya.

Ssansa denied the charges before Grade 1 Magistrate Aisha Nabukeera and was granted a Shs 2 million cash bail.

The police officer handling the case, Henry Mandela revealed that Ssansa earlier on jumped bond before he was arrested and produced to court.

“The suspect was supposed to appear at police on 4th December 2015, but he jumped bond on grounds on he was sick. I pressurized him until he reported to Masaka Central Police Station on 14th December 2015 and I immediately produced him in court.”

Prosecution led by Moureen Tumusiime alleges that on 28th October, 2015, Nakawooya who reports for Monitor in Masaka was assaulted by Eddie Ssansa, who lost in the ruling party primaries.

The reporter says she was slapped and punched in the chest by the MP aspirant, before smashing her phone which she was using to record the interview.

She adds that Ssansa further threatened to run over her with his car if he ever met her on the way.

This was reportedly after Shamim posed an “embarrassing question” to the unsuccessful candidate on whether or not he was in debt.

The case was adjourned to 22nd January 2016 when hearing is expected to resume.

“We commend the police for swiftly investigating the matter and ensuring that the suspect was taken to court. Most perpetrators of violence against journalists especially those with political weights have for a long time enjoyed a lot of impunity. We hope that Shamim and the entire media fraternity will get justice at the end of the day,” Said Robert Ssempala, the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator.


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