8 December 2010

Uganda: Bishop Accused of Beating Journalist

Masaka — A journalist with Kamunye newspaper had a rough day at work yesterday when Bishop Samuel Keefa Kamya, allegedly manhandled him for taking his picture at the High Court in Masaka.

The out-going bishop for West Buganda Diocese was in court for a case in which he was sued by Mr Paul Mugabi and Mr Boaz Lubega and 41 Christians, for allegedly influencing the election of the Rev. Can. Godfrey Makumbi.

When Brian Luwaga attempted to take the photo, Bishop Keefa, together with the diocese's information officer, the Rev. Enock Muwanguzi and other diocesan clergy, surrounded the journalist. Bishop Keefa then grabbed Lwanga by his shirt and demanded to know why he is taking his photo. "Who has given you permission to photograph us? Who are you? Delete that picture now," Bishop Keefa demanded.

Mr Luwaga tried to explain that it was normal for a journalist to take pictures in a public place. "Why are you are attacking me? I will not delete the pictures," Mr Luwaga said. Some Christians demanded that Bishop Keefa apologise to the media. But when contacted later, Bishop Keefa denied attacking Mr Lwanga.

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