Politician found guilty of assaulting Daily Monitor journalist

However, court nullified evidence that was brought by Ms Kayondo because it was not matching with that of the convict.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 2016

By CHRISTOPHER KISEKKA & GERTRUDE MUTYABA

latest02pixMASAKA- A former National Resistance Movement parliamentary contestant has been found guilty of  assaulting a Daily Monitor correspondent Ms Shamim Jingo Nakawooya and damaging her phone.

On October 25 last year, Ms Nakawooya placed charges against Mr Ssansa over assault and gadget destruction while she was interviewing him at the Masaka District Regional Criminal Investigation Directorate’s office.

Masaka Grade One Magistrate, Aisha Nabukeera granted him a suspended custodial sentence of six months on each count and ordered him to pay the complainant Shs2.5million in compensation.

“You are cautioned against assaulting journalists and if you ever do so, you will be imprisoned,” Ms Nabukeera said.

Prosecution led by Ms Maureen Tumusiime presented four witnesses who included among others the victim and Dr Charles Kasozi from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital who examined Ms Nakawooya and established that she was injured.

Defense led by Mr Joseph Wasswa presented two witnesses including the convict and Ms Margaret Kayondo, a Radio Ssimba journalist.

However, court nullified evidence that was brought by Ms Kayondo because it was not matching with that of Ssansa.

“I have fond Ms Kayondo’s evidence contradicting since she confessed that she never heard Ms Nakawooya asking questions yet it was Mr Ssansa’s evidence that Nakawooya asked him a question concerning his debts,” Ms Nabukeera said.

While delivering the judgment, Ms Nabukeera described Ssansa as an irresponsible man who cannot make a good parent and a good member of Parliament.

According to Ms Nabukeera, Ssansa would have rejected Ms Nakawooya’s question instead of assaulting her.

The magistrate said acts of abuse against journalists should be fought.

Ms Nakawooya said she was happy with the judgment. – Daily Monitor

 

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