KCCA officials beat up NTV journalist, arrested


Jingo Francis

Notorious for torturing city dwellers, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials last night badly beat up a journalist working with NTV Uganda.

Jjingo Francis, a senior parliamentary reporter at NTV, tells Insider that last night at around 10pm, he was terribly beaten by KCCA enforcement officers for taking pictures of a nasty scene where they [officials] were reportedly beating poor women selling merchandise on the streets.

“They pounced on me beat up with all the terror one can think off as if I was a thief,” he narrates.

“I noticed shirt number 486 and they were about ten in number.”

He said they grabbed, bundled him up and threw him up onto their pickup truck “like a sack of potatoes”.

“This was terrible to me and the right thinking Ugandans.”

Jingo said he reported to police and KCCA managers have taken up the matter.

The said officials have been arrested and are being held at Central Police Station in Kampala.

“I pray that justice is done because am in deep pain after what happened to me.”

Jingo told us that he is right now headed to CPS to confirm the identities of the arrested officials.

We are still contacting KCCA public relations officer for a comment on the matter.

KCCA torture history  

In November last year, KCC management fired 59 law enforcement officers following reports of mass torture of city vendors.

KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kaujju, said the fired officials were accused of soliciting bribes and manhandling suspects.

Most of the officers were suspended for indiscipline, corruption reports and failure to execute their mandates.

Earlier, top managers including; Idris Kyewalabye, Brian Waisswa, and Ibrahim Kalule, were suspended after KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi, accused them of highhanded actions that contravene the institution’s standards.

The suspension of the torture masterminds came after the death of baby Ryan Semaganda who was killed at City Hall by a KCCA official vehicle driven by Kaujju’s driver.

Semaganda met his death following the brutal arrest and detention of his mother, Madinah Namutebi, a street vendor.

In another incident, Rose Namazzi, a city vendor accused officials of pouring and scalding her body with hot water.

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