Photo journalist James Akena.


By Our Reporter

A Ugandan journalist working with Reuters, an international media agency, has dragged government to court seeking over Shs400 million as compensation for assault inflicted on him by soldiers of the Uganda Defence Forces (UPDF) last year.

James Akena was beaten on one of Kampala streets by a group of soldiers during a protest against the arrest and detention of Kyadondo East Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on the 20th of August last year.

Akena has asked court to compel government to refund him Shs390 million that he allegedly lost during the said assault, compensate his damaged camera worth Shs29 million, a phone and watch.

He also wants the court to order the government to pay all the medical expenses he incurred while nursing himself at Kampala Independent hospital amounting to about seven million shillings as a result of his injured back and. He also wants to recover  Shs600,000  in transport costs to and from the hospital.