Ugandan freelance journalist beaten to death

By Nangayi Guyson – Kampala – (CPJ)A Ugandan  freelance journalist Paul Kiggundu  was on Saturday evening beaten to death by Motorcycle taxi drivers , local journalists told  CPJ.

The drivers accused Kiggundu of working for the police, even though he had identified himself as a journalist, and attacked him  while filming some of them demolishing a house  of another driver, Frank Kagayi, who they accused of committing murder and robbery, a bystander told the Ugandan Human Rights Journalist Network

Kiggundu received  treatment at Kalisizo Government Hospital but later died of internal bleeding and was buried Sunday in a town outside of Kalisizio, southwest Uganda  leaving behind a wife and two children, aged 3 years and 18 months

“CPJ  has send  its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Paul Kiggundu ,and  called  on the Ugandan police to do their utmost to bring these perpetrators to justice. No journalist should be killed simply for carrying out their profession.”  said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes.

Kiggundu has been working as a contributor to the private, Christian-faith based TOP (Tower of Praise) Radio and TV. The station broadcasts 24 hours in Lugandan across the country for the past eight months
Police are investigating the murder, although no arrests have been made.