Police to inquire into shooting at journalist

Monday January 30 2012

By Abdu Kiyaga

The government has promised to carry out investigations into the shooting at Daily Monitor journalist Isaac Kasamani while he covered a rally organised by pressure group Activists for Change last week.

Addressing a press briefing at the Ugandan Media Centre at the weekend, the State Minister for Internal Affairs, Mr James Baba, said the police had not started investigations because they did not receive a formal complaint from Mr Kasamani.

“Despite several attempts to make contact with the journalist... , he has failed to make himself available to give a formal witness to investigators,” Mr Baba said.

However, Mr Kasamani denied receiving requests from the police to record a statement on the incident.

The police chief, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said they would use an independent international investigator to conduct the inquiry.

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