By Sania Babirye
Five members of the ruling National Resistance Movement youth wing have been sentence to a fine of 3 million shilling each for assaulting three journalists and maliciously damaging their properties during elections.
The convicts are Robert Tibamanya, Lule Wamala, Arnold Mubiru, Joshua Kuteesa, and Hassan Wasswa
Entebbe court grade one magistrate Masitulah Mulondo also handed the convicts a 30 day community service to clean the court premises for two hours every day for maliciously damaging cameras belonging to journalists.
The magistrate further ruled that if the convicts fail to honor their sentences they should be imprisoned in Luzira for up to six months.
The assaulted journalists are Kigongo Ssebalamu, Ssempijja Godfrey both of Vision Group and Kakooza George William of Central Broad Casting Services.
She noted that the punishment will serve as a deterrent to other would be offenders because it is the role of the judiciary to correct such behavior.
She emphasized that it was unlawful and centrally to section 336 and 236 of the penal code act for the convicts to beat the journalists with the intention of stopping them from covering the elections yet the victims were just doing their work.
The five committed the offense on 4th of March during the elections for National Youth, Elderly and People with Disabilities.
They were arrested in August 2016 in Entebbe but denied the charges.
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