Ssentongo was attacked at 5 a.m. while trying to catch a bus
in Nantabulirirwa village, 43 miles (70 kilometers) from the Kireka-based Prime
Radio station, News Editor Katongole Kiwanuka told CPJ. He said an unidentified
witness had called the station and described what had happened. A local farmer
found Ssentongo alive at 9 a.m., the Ugandan Human Rights Journalists Network
reported, and he was rushed to
Ssentongo routinely read the 7 a.m. news bulletins for the Seventh Day Adventist radio station in the Luganda language, Kiwanuka said. He was also running for a position in the Democratic Party, one of the leading opposition parties to the ruling National Resistance Movement.
"CPJ sends its condolences and sympathies to the family and colleagues of Dickson Ssentongo," CPJ's East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes said. "Authorities must do their utmost to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, especially at this politically sensitive time in the lead-up to national elections."
Presidential and parliamentary elections are set to take place in February and March 2011.
The district police commander of Mukono, Musoni Alphonse, said he dispatched a team of investigators to the area, local journalists told CPJ. Police said they suspect the murderers had trailed Ssentongo and knew his daily movements. His colleagues at Prime Radio said they believe the murder was politically motivated since his personal belongings, including cell phone and wallet, were not taken.
Ssentongo, 29, had worked as Lugandan news presenter for
Prime Radio for two years and a part-time court assessor for the Mukono High
Court, local journalists told CPJ. Politically active, Ssentongo was an
aspiring councilor for Nantabulirirwa Parish at
On Saturday, motorcycle taxi drivers beat freelance
Kiggundu to death while he filmed them demolishing a house in southwest