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My reputation is in tatters! Kanyeihamba demands media apology over gun incident

Justice George W. Kanyeihamba was involved in scuffle with his police guard. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Retired Supreme Court Judge George Wilson Kanyeihamba has accused sections of the media for misrepresenting the facts about last week’s incident at his home involving a police officer.

Police last week rushed to Justice Kanyeihamba’s home in Buziga, a city suburb, after he raised an alarm that one of his guards wanted to shoot him.

Although police later described it as a false alarm, Justice Kanyeihamba accused police and sections of the media of damaging his reputation by misrepresenting facts.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Kampala, he said police had apologized to him over the matter but urged the Force to publish an apology in newspapers over the matter.

“I was so angry with the story. This was made to damage me beyond recognition. This is like I have an illegal gun,” said the teary Justice Kanyeihamba.
He added: “I told the Police to make a written apology and publish it in the newspapers.”

Justice Kanyeihamba displayed a letter in which the Police apologised to him.
The apology letter dated June 10, 2019 was signed by the Commandant VIPPU, Commissioner of Police Herman Owomugisha.
“I want to state that your advice after analysis was genuine and valid as one of the senior citizens of our country. I want to say sorry for inconveniences caused to you and your family for unnecessary attractions and attentions in the media,” reads part of the apology.

It adds that as a retired judge, he is one of the most vulnerable people in the country as far as protection is concerned due to the nature of their work while still practicing.
“We take your security seriously and I personally promise to work with my staff to provide you the best security you deserve,” said Mr Owomugisha in the apology letter.

According to the publication, the Police dismissed rumours that the retired Judge Kanyeihamba was held hostage by his guard attached to VIPPU.

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