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Bicycle taxi driver arrested over assault on journalist in Uganda

A bodaboda bicycle taxi driver in Kampala, Uganda
A bodaboda bicycle taxi driver in Kampala, Uganda

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This article was originally published on on 30 October 2014.

Police in Kampala arrested a bodaboda taxi cyclist on charges of assaulting Vision Group journalist Ismail Ddamba, back in April 2014. He is being detained at Kitebi police station in Rubaga division, Kampala district.

The suspect, identified as Buyondo Huzair, aged 35 years, a resident of Sserwadda zone in Kabowa, Rubaga division, was arrested on 28 October 2014 at about 7:00pm local time at the Kibage bodaboda center, while four other suspects are still at large.

The officer in charge of the police station, Kabojja Hamid, confirmed the arrest and promised to ensure that those at large are arrested too, “We will arrest four more prime suspects and see what we can do.” Kabojja told HRNJ-Uganda.

Ddamba was on 12 April attacked by a mob of angry bodaboda cyclists while he was covering the story of them demanding the release of their colleague who had been detained by the cyclist leaders for allegedly failing to pay operational fees at Kabowa in Kampala. The journalist was intentionally attacked by the cyclists who accused him of being a police spy. Police fired bullets in the air to rescue him.

“These suspects have eluded arrest for such a long time, so we commend the police for arresting one of them; it is a step towards attaining justice. Since this matter has dragged on, we implore the police to expeditiously apprehend the remaining suspects so that they can be prosecuted as well,” said HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala.

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