The Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) through their lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Company Advocates are finalizing consultations to sue Waninda for allegedly slapping Hannington Kisakye, a journalist attached to Smart 24 Television on Wednesday.
Waninda was caught on camera slapping Kisakye in the face for recording him while exiting the Commercial court where he had testified on allegations of forging an agreement with intentions of grabbing land belonging to Charles Mulindwa, a resident of Bugujju in Mukono municipality.
Kisakye says the registrar damaged his camera's lens. According to Kisakye, he rushed to the Central Police Station Kampala to file a case of assault, but the officers declined to record his complaint.
When contacted for his side of the story, Waninda said that he was having his wonderful lunch and would talk about the nonsense at the right time.
Arnold Mukose, the in charge of media, safety and human rights at Uganda Journalist Association, says their lawyers have already prepared a suit against the court registrar. He says they intend to file a case of assault against the court official before the High court next week. Solomon Muyita, the judiciary spokesperson said he needed more time to consult on the matter.
“I need to first get more information on this matter. I had no information whatsoever about it at the time you contacted me,” he said in a text message.
Moment Commercial court registrar, Fred Waninda assaulted Smart 24 TV journalist, Hannington Kisakye for recording him as he exited court premises on Wednesday. Waninda is accused of land grabbing. #PressFreedomUG #media #pressfreedom pic.twitter.com/Y2ozy6Hfae— The Observer (@observerug) April 26, 2019