In a press statement released Monday, September 26, Kanyomozi says that the move is for the sake of the safety of journalists covering local rugby events.
USPA boss Patrick Kanyomozi bans coverage of rugby events
The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) boss Patrick Kanyomozi has banned coverage of local rugby events.
The decision stems from an attack by a Warriors player on a New Vision journalist at the Kyabazinga sevens, a national circuit in Jinja, Bugembe stadium.
Gabriel Aredo was filmed on camera violently attacking veteran sports journalist Johnson Were on the touchline. Were also doubles as the general secretary of USPA.
According to reports, a one Erasmus Aredo, brother to Gabriel Aredo was involved in physical exchange with a one Alex Mubiru for being too close to the touchline.
Like a knight in the shining armour, Gabriel Aredo decided to attack Were to stop him from taking photos of the ugly incident involving his brother. However, the fracas only got messy as Were’s camera was allegedly damaged in the incident.
Now, in response to the incident, Kanyomozi has banned coverage of local rugby.
“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”, part of the statement reads.
Meanwhile, Uganda Rugby Union announced that investigations into the incident is ongoing.
“As a socially responsible body, Uganda Rugby Union takes the aforementioned incident very seriously. A thorough investigation has been instituted and the findings from this investigation shall form a basis for stringent action on the culprits and for crafting the guidelines to prevent same from happening in the future”, Peter Odong, secretary URU, says in part.
The grand finale of the national sevens circuit will be held next week at Kyadondo.
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