Fort Portal Journalists Arrested for Bribery

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A Fort Portal journalist has been arrested for soliciting a bribe. Ronnie Jawa of Voice of Toro radio was arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly soliciting for a bribe of 100,000 shillings. The Kabarole district criminal investigations chief, Enock Ndyomugyenyi, says Jawa demanded for the money from the District Water Officer, Pius Katuramu. He says the water officer tipped off the police about the bribe and as soon as the money was handed over to Jawa, the police followed him to his office and arrested him. According to Officer Ndyomugyenyi, the journalist threatened Pius Katuramu with a damning exposure if he did not pay him off. He sent several phone text messages demanding for money not to broadcast a story which alleged that Katuramu had embezzled 60 million shillings meant to train district water committees. This is the second case of extortion and bribery involving a journalist that has made the news this year. All professional journalists are bound by an ethical code that demands that publications and coverage of events cannot be paid for and should be done independently, at the cost of the journalist and his or her media house. Journalists are also required to uphold all aspects of the national law in order to provide a meaningful critic to government and an impartial mirror of society.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.