Mr Saif-llah Ashraf Kasirye, a Radio One journalist and an online Ghetto Media TV cameraman was on Sunday rushed to Masaka Hospital in critical condition after he was allegedly shot in chaos that ensued as police tried to disperse supporters of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi who was leaving Masaka District after attending prayers at Our Lady of Sorrows, Kitovu Cathedral.
When the mass ended, Bobi Wine found a group of youthful supporters waiting outside church and chanting his name. Moments later, chaos ensued as security officers tried to disperse supporters who were trailing Bobi Wine as he left for Lwengo and Bukomansimbi where he’s suppoed to campaign today. Kasirye was hit on the head. NTV journalist, Ali Mivule was also hit by a teargas canister on the thigh.
Days later, government through Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) early this month wrote to the US based Google Inc that owns YouTube, a global video sharing platform, asking them to close at least Ghetto TV and 13 other channels for allegedly mobilizing riots that resulted into the death of more than 50 people and left several injured last month.
The Sunday incident comes hours after the Electoral Commission chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama on Thursday banned campaign meetings in Masaka and 11 other districts and cities due to the surging Covid-19 infections and persistent violation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by some political candidates. Police are yet to comment on the incident.