KAMPALA, 26 March 2021 – Ugandan journalist, Ashraf Kasirye, of Ghetto TV, has withdrawn his case against the government for assault during campaigns for the January 2021 presidential election.
Kasirye filed the case before the civil division of the High Court last December 3, seeking an unspecified amount of money in compensation.
The case was before lady justice Esta Nambayo who, along with state attorney, Allan Mukama, had no objection to the matter being withdrawn.
Accordingly, Justice Nambayo allowed the withdrawal with no cost awarded to either party.
The case challenged the decision by the police to forcefully remove Kasirye him from National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s car.
He was pepper-sprayed before being assaulted when he was doing his job covering the election campaigns.
The “inhumane and degrading treatment” occurred last November 18, the petition indicated.
Kasirye asked court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the Uganda Police Force from infringement on his right to property, freedom of the press, right to practice a profession and the right against torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Justice Nambayo last March 11 allowed Kasirye’s lawyers, led by Augustine Akineza, to file additional allegations against the government, accusing the police of assaulting him last December 27 as he covered the opposition presidential candidate.
His lawyers had previously said that Kasirye spent more than Shs 50 million in medical bills and he had apparently lost his vision and ability to hear properly in a noisy environment.