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Ghetto TV Journalist Leaves Hospital Bed to Vote

While he is still struggling to speak and recognize certain things, Kasirye said that being able to vote is a dream come true for him. He told URN separately that when he recovers properly he will use all his energy to fight for good leadership.
14 Jan 2021 16:51

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Ashraf Kasirye, the Ghetto TV Journalist,  who was shot with a rubber bullet while covering NUP campaigns in Masaka recently, has today left his hospital bed to cast his vote. Kasirye who spent more than a week in the Intensive Care Unit in Lubaga Hospital was driven in an ambulance to the polling station in Nansana.

While he is still struggling to speak and recognize certain things, Kasirye said that being able to vote is a dream come true for him. He told URN separately that when he recovers properly he will use all his energy to fight for good leadership.

“What happened to me gave me the energy to even fight harder,” Kasirye speaking with difficulty told URN.

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His wife Zaamu, who escorted him to the polling station and helped him cast his vote said she was very grateful to God that Kasirye was defying even medical predictions. She said doctors had told them that he would only be able to open his eyes at least after a week in hospital but he did so in just a week.

“They said he will be able to talk and recognize people in three months but he did that just in three weeks. There is tremendous progress and I’m thankful for that,” Zaamu said. She said that she agreed to allow him go and vote, because that is what he wished for as he recuperated.

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Kasirye who was allowed to vote without standing in the very long queue first, was immediately wheeled back to the hospital after casting his vote. Some journalists who covered him as he voted called upon the police to be more respectful to them and their job.

“How do you talk about democracy when journalists are being harassed. No country can claim to be truly democratic if it mistreats its journalists. I wonder why we are even voting now,” said Shamim Nabakooba, a reporter with Record TV.