Uganda Police Force has partially paid a radio scribe who was shot during the “walk to work” demonstrations in Kampala in 2011.
On Wednesday, Mr Gideon Tugume a former journalist at capital FM dragged the IGP Okoth Ochola and three others to high court for failure to pay him 49 million shillings in damages that were caused to him by the law enforcement body while quelling a demonstration.
In a statement on Friday, Police Spokesman CP Fred Enanga acknowledged receipt of the summons issued to the security agency and the three.
According to the summons, IGP Okoth Ochola, Mr. Twaruhuka Erasmus, Mr.Muhirwa Rodgers and the entire police were asked to take plea in 15 days on suit No. 019/2019 filed by the plaintiff Mr. Tugume Gideon.
CP Enanga said that the matter before court came from a regrettable incident where the plaintiff was shot in the right knee.
The police PRO, however, revealed that consent of mutual understanding was agreed between two parties.
“We confirm to the public that the plaintiff has already received part of the payment and the balance has been scheduled for payment during the third quarter of the financial year,” said Enanga.
He further appealed to the plaintiff to hold on until when the finance ministry releases the money then he will be cleared.
“We do encourage Mr Gideon Tugume to exhibit a little patience as we wait or the release,” he advised.
However Mr Enanga did not quote the amount of money that was paid to Gideon as partial payment of the 49 million shillings.
He also promised that police will continue to maintain a smooth working relationship with the media and also avoid collision with journalists.
Mr Gideon Tugume was shot from Kibuye round about along Entebbe road by a stray bullet as police quelled demonstrators
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