Court Registrar Under Investigations for Assaulting Journalists

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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 Development.   

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 grabbing.       

The officer was caught on camera slapping the journalists in the face and questioning him on who had invited him to the court.  

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 Registrar. 

The inspectorate of courts is mandated to receive and investigate complaints of maladministration of justice against any staff of judiciary and all judicial officers.