ASSAULTED: The Daily Monitor journalist Shamim Jjingo Nakawooya.

Former NRM parliamentary contestant for Bukoto Mid-West Eddie Ssansa Luwaga, has been convicted and given a 12-month non-custodial sentence for assaulting journalist Shamim Jjinjo Nakawooya.

Appearing before court, the Masaka-based businessman was also fined UgShs 2.5 million, to be paid the Nakawooya, a reporter with the Daily Monitor, whose phone was also damaged by the assailant.

Last year in October Nakawooya sued Mr Luwaga for assault and the destruction of her gadget as she carried out interviews at the Masaka District Regional Criminal Investigation Directorate office, in a case that has taken one year to get disposed of.

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The news about the judgment was broken by the National Coordinator of the Human Rights Network for Journalist (HRNJ) Uganda Robert Sempala on his Facebook page.

The ruling was applauded by several members of the Fourth Estate.