Palodi Evans Faith, the Buganda Grade one magistrate has asked businessman Hassan Bassajjabalaba to apologize for assaulting New Vision photojournalist Arthur Kintu. Kintu dragged Basajabala to court accusing him of assaulting him on September 6, 2010 at Namboole stadium during the NRM delegateâ€™s conference.
While hearing the case this morning, Palodi advised both parties to settle the matter out of court. He says that the matter should have been held with a simple apology since humans have a tendency of losing tempers. Palodi said that he is against the complainant spending a lot of time in courts of law and the accused being dragged to Luzira prison over a matter that requires a simple understanding.
He directed Dennis Byaruhanga; the lawyer for Basajjabalaba to talk to his client to consider apologizing to the journalist. When asked if he could accept an out of court settlement Kintu told court that the last time he met Basajjabalaba at the swearing in ceremony at Kololo he instead threatened to break his nose.
Kintu said that he was not opposed to the suggestion of the magistrate but insisted the businessman has to compensate him for destroying his camera. Patricia Cingtho, the state prosecutor asked court to issue criminal summons against Bassajjabalaba if he fails to attend court. Byaruhanga told court he would initiate the talks but his client was out of the country for a medical check up.
Kintu, who was accredited to cover the NRM delegate’s conference, was assaulted by Basajjabalaba for taking his photos while bribing voters. Hearing of the case has been adjourned to the 27th of this month. In October last year the same court dismissed the same matter after Basajjabalaba defied court orders to take plea.