By Fred Kiva
A journalist shot and injured by the police during the 2011 “Walk to Work” protests has dragged to court the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and the entire Police Force for failing to fully pay him Shillings 49millions in damages.
Gideon Tugume, a journalist at Capital FM was shot on duty as the police quelled the protests. The high court of Uganda has now issued summons to the IGP, Mr Twaruhuka Erasmas, Mr Muhirwa Rodgers and the Uganda Police requiring them to file defence within 15 days, effective January 24, 2019. The case is registered under Civil Suit No.019/2019 of the High Court of Uganda, Kampala.
In a statement on Friday Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga acknowledged the Force’s receipt of the court summons but asked the petitioner(Gideon Tugume) to be a little patient.
“We would like to confirm that the plaintiff has already received part of the payment (special and general damages for unlawful wounding) and the balance has been scheduled for payment during the 3rd quarter release from the Ministry of Finance,” Enanga said. CP Enanga did not, however, disclose how much has so far been given to the journalist in part payment.
“We do encourage Mr Gideon Tugume to exhibit a little more patience as we wait for the finance release,” he added, without stating if the IGP or police would honour the court summons.
According to Enanga, the matter arose out of a regrettable incident on May 12, 2011, when Tugume was shot by police in the right knee at Kibuye Roundabout as he went about his duty as a journalist.
“We want to inform the public that on the 25th July 2017 a consent order by mutual understanding for an out of court settlement, was amicably arrived at to pay special and general damages for the unlawful wounding,” the Police Spokesperson explained.