On Wednesday last week, Waninda was caught on camera slapping a journalist working with Smart 24 television recording him after appearing before the Commercial Court to respond to against charges of landing grabbing.
Fred Waninda, the Judiciary Ag Registrar in charge of Planning and Development atfer the court session last week.
The Judiciary Chief Registrar, Esta Nambayo has
tasked the Inspector of Courts to investigate accusations of assault against
Fred Waninda, the Acting Judiciary Registrar in charge of Planning and
Waninda is accused of assaulting Hannington
Kisakye, a journalist attached to Smart 24 television on Wednesday last week
shortly after before the Commercial Court where he is battling charges of land
The officer was caught on camera slapping the
journalists in the face and questioning him on who had invited him to the
On morning, URN obtained an April 29th
letter signed by Arnold Musoke, the Secretary of Media Safety and Human Rights
at Uganda journalists Association addressed to Nambayo, in which he accuses
Waninda of slapping Kisakye and damaging his camera.
He also says the officer also tried to squeeze
the neck of Eric Yiga, a journalist with Salt Media when he interned to try and
stop him from attacking his colleague.
“We are especially dismayed and crestfallen
that this uncivilized and barbaric conduct is coming from a member of judiciary,
which is the custodian of the rule of law,” said the letter.
Musoke demanded among other things that Waninda
is interdicted, disciplinary action is taken against him and that the complainant
is updated about any steps taken.
Now, Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary Senior
Communications Officer, says Nambayo has tasked the inspector of court to
investigate the matter report back within seven days.
“I have received media reports that the Ag.
Registrar Planning and Development. H/W Fred Waninda, assaulted journalists on
the 25th April 2019 at the Commercial Court after appearing before Hon Justice
Jane Elizabeth Alividza,” Muyita quotes the letter from the Chief
The inspectorate of courts is mandated to
receive and investigate complaints of maladministration of justice against any
staff of judiciary and all judicial officers.