Unknown thugs attempted to break into the office of Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda [HRNJ-U] in the wee hours of April 11th 2016.
Robert Ssempala, the National Coordinator of the group says the incident was captured by the CCTV camera of the Network with the images of the intruders clearly depicted.
He says a youthful lady approached the guard on duty and requested him to open to which he complied.
Upon querying her, he then offered her a seat just by the guard’s booth. They seemed to converse and later the she stepped out of the compound, to return with some food and shared it with the guard.
Moments after consuming the food, the guard passed out.
There after some two (2) able bodied young men jumped over the fence and approached the guard’s booth where he could have been sleeping unconscious.
These two (2) young men then used the keys they picked from the guard’s booth to open for another two (2) men that came in through the gate carrying metallic equipment.
Then four (4) men are shown moving around the building touching different doors and windows. They left the premises without breaking into the office. “The footage clearly portrays the whole scenario clearly. When our staff came in the morning of Monday, they found the night guard unconscious in his booth and called the security firm -Detail Protection Services to come over and take him to hospital which they did. It came off as a normal sickness, so was taken to Mulago hospital,” Ssempala says.
Other key stakeholders were engaged on the incident such as police and the Defenders Protection initiative (DPI).
In fact DPI sent a team to assess the premise and view the video on how to manage the situation.
DPI will be compiling a security incident report. The matter has also been reported to police and a case of office break-in opened, which has kick-started investigations into the matter.
This trend of office break-in has been going on for a while with human rights organisations targeted in the country.
HRNJ-Uganda was last broken into on the night of 29th June 2015; it was also broken into in May 2013 while still at its old premises at Mengo, forcing it to shift to its current premises.