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Ugandan police search for attacker responsible for journalist's death

Police in Kampala are hunting for a suspect in the death of a Vision Group photo journalist, Mubiru Royce Kakebe, who reportedly died from a tetanus attack from injuries he sustained from Percy Nanyondo in January this year as he carried on with his work.

Sources in the police told Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that Kakebe reported an assault at a police post in Kampala on January 19, 2014 against Nanyondo, and on February 15, she was arrested, but later released on February 17 after Kakebe had reportedly reached a mutual agreement with her. "Yes we are looking for her in connection to this death, but I will give details on the matter later," the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi, told HRNJ-Uganda.

Nanyondo reportedly stabbed Kakebe with a broken bottle after he declined to delete a photo he had taken of a boat cruise on Lake Victoria in which she was thought to be involved. Kakebe explained that he was a Vision Group journalist who had only taken a random picture of the cruise without necessarily targeting a particular individual.

Moments later, Nanyondo reached for a bottle which she reportedly first broke and then used to stab Kakebe in his hand, although she had aimed at his head, causing him deep cuts. Since January 2014 when the incident happened, the wound had not yet healed, but Kakebe did not see any eminent danger until he blacked out on March 7th while at work as he prepared to go into the field on assignment. He was rushed to Mulago hospital where he was put on life support machines in the intensive care unit until March 12th when he was pronounced dead.

Kakebe was working with the Vision Group's New Vision, The Kampala Sun tabloid and Bukedde. He is survived by a widow and two daughters. He was buried Friday March 14th at his ancestral home in Wakiso District.

"HRNJ-Uganda is saddened by the death of Kakebe in such a manner. We call on the police to investigate further into the cause of his death, and ensure that whoever was involved is brought to book. We send our sincere condolences to the family and the media fraternity," it said.

Date posted: March 18, 2014 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 3