The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has cautioned its members and all sports journalists to stay away from rugby games.
This follows an assault on New Vision photo journalist, Johnson Were by Warriors Rugby Club player Gabriel Aredo during a semifinal game between Kobs and Heathens RFC in Bugembe, Eastern Uganda on Sunday.
The warning was issued by USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi in a statement released on Monday morning. Were who is also USPA’s General Secretary was covering the Kyabazinga 7s Rugby circuit.
According to reports, the Chairperson of the Nile Special 7s organising committee Erasmus Aredo confronted former Rugby Cranes player Alex Mubiru for standing very close to the touchline and a fight ensued.
During the scuffle, Warriors player Gabriel Aredo joined his brother Erasmus to provide support in the fight. In the meantime, Were was taking pictures of the events.
“On realising that he [Were] was capturing images of the ugly incident he [Aredo] charged at him [Were] with an intention of grabbing his camera, hence the physical assault which left the camera lens seriously damaged,” Kanyomozi wrote in the statement.
“We strongly condemn this attack on our colleague and senior executive member and we call upon Uganda Rugby Union to bring the culprit to book and hold everyone involved accountable.
“In the meantime, we advise our members to stay away from Rugby games until this matter is resolved to its logical conclusion. This is for their safety and it takes immediate effect,” the statement further reads.
Kanyomozi revealed that the matter has been reported to Police and pledged the association’s full support to Mr. Were in his pursuit of justice.
The Uganda Rugby Union is yet to make a comment about the matter.