In his application filed in September, Waninda asked the Judicial Disciplinary Committee to block his trial on the charges leveled against him, saying the matter had been overtaken by events since there was a similar case against him in the High Court Civil Division.
Left to Right: Smart 24 TV Journalist Hannington Kisakye, Salt TV journalist Eric Yiga and UJA Spokesperson Ronald Kabuye at the JSC in Kampala
Waninda, the former Acting Commercial Court Registrar for Planning and
Performance is to stand trial before the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee for
assaulting two journalists.
Disciplinary Committee Chairperson, Norah Matovu Winyi delivered the ruling on
an application by Waninda through his lawyers objecting to his trial for
assaulting Hannington Kisakye, a journalist with Smart 24 Television and Eric
Yiga of Salt TV.
In his application
filed in September, Waninda asked the Judicial Disciplinary
Committee to block his trial on the charges leveled against him, saying the
matter had been overtaken by events since there was a similar case against him
in the High Court Civil Division.
application, Uganda Journalists Association and the two journalists sought
compensation of Shillings 300 million from Waninda for assaulting them while on
duty at the Commercial Court in April 2019.
The journalists were
covering a session where Wainda had appeared to defend himself on allegations of forging an agreement with intentions
of grabbing land belonging to Charles Mulindwa, a resident of Bugujju in Mukono
In August, Justice Andrew Bashaija, the head of the High Court Civil
Division dismissed the application with costs on grounds that there was
insufficient evidence to prove the allegations against the accused such as a
photograph or damaged camera.
This forced UJA and the aggrieved journalists to
appeal against the ruling in the Court of Appeal. As a result, Waninda’s
lawyers asked the Disciplinary Committee to dismiss the petition involving his
Journalists demanded that the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee subjects Waninda
to trial, saying the Court of Appeal case hearing had not yet started adding
that they only filed a Memorandum of Appeal.
Disciplinary Committee has agreed with the journalists and directed Waninda to
plead to the assault charges at the next session on January 21st,
The Committee has also directed the journalists to disclose to
Waninda the evidence they intend to rely on so as to prosecute him.