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.