Journalists Killed  |  Uganda

Jimmy Higenyi

United Media Consultants and Trainers

January 12, 2002, in Kampala, Uganda

Higenyi, a student at the United Media Consultants and Trainers, was killed while covering a rally in the capital, Kampala, organized by the opposition Uganda Peoples' Congress. He had been assigned the story as part of his journalism coursework.

The government had banned the gathering under Article 269 of the constitution, which outlaws all political activity in the country. A few moments after a large group of people gathered at the rally's venue, the police fired into the crowd, hitting Higenyi. He died instantly.

The inspector general of police, Maj. Gen. Katumba Wamala, apologized for Higenyi's death and said that the police take full responsibility. But at year's end, no disciplinary action had been taken against the officers involved in the shooting.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Human Rights

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment

Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials

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