A journalist covering National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine campaign trail has allegedly been shot in the head.
Mr Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye, a Radio One journalist and an online Ghetto TV cameraman was on Sunday rushed to Masaka Hospital in critical condition after he was allegedly caught up in the chaos that ensued as police and army tried to disperse supporters of the NUP presidential candidate.
Mr Kasirye was allegedly shot at as Bobi Wine was leaving Masaka District after attending prayers at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kitovu Cathedral.
During the mass, Bobi Wine told the congregation that they had been shot at and teargassed several times yet he had not broken any law.
“We are ready to suffer for the truth because we break no law. Even when we are shot at by bullets, teargassed or pepper sprayed,” he said.
When the mass ended, Bobi Wine found a group of youthful supporters waiting outside church and chanting his name. Moments later, chaos ensued as security officers tried to disperse supporters who were trailing Bobi Wine as he left for Lwengo and Bukomansimbi where he’s suppoed to campaign today.
Kasirye was hit on the head. NTV journalist, Ali Mivule was also hit by a teargas canister on the thigh.
Recently, government through Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) wrote to the US based Google Inc, that owns YouTube, a global video sharing platform, asking them to close at least 14 channels including Ghetto media for allegedly mobilising riots that resulted into the death of more than 50 people and left several injured last month.
Others include TMO online, Lumbuye Fred, Trending Channel Ug, Uganda Yaffe, Uganda News Updates, Ghetto TV, Busesa Media Updates and Uganda Empya.
The government also included Map Mediya TV, KK TV, Ekyooto TV, Namungo Media, JB Muwonge 2, Bobi Wine 2021 on the list.
According to government, the channels misrepresent information, views, facts and events in a manner likely to mislead the public.
On several occasions Mr Kyagulanyi and the administrators of most of the above platforms have said their channels have been hacked and consequently, deleted.
On Saturday, the Electoral Commission announced it had suspended physical campaign meetings in over twelve districts and cities including Kampala. The reason, the EC said was to reduce on the surging Covid-19 cases in those areas.
However, with such attacks by security operatives aimed at journalists, a number of questions on how Ugandans can get information on the 2021 General Elections.
Additional information provided by the Daily Monitor.