KAMPALA – Ashraf Kasirye, a reporter who was shot and injured while covering Robert Kyagulanyi’s campaigns in December 2020, has thanked the National Unity Platform party and the presidential candidate for paying his medical bills worth over UGX30m.
Kasirye, who is recuperating having been discharged from hospital where he spent nearly two months, says the gesture by the opposition party and its president is unique and saintly.
“That is not a small thing, especially when you have become incapacitated and unable to work for them,” the journalist, who was working with Ghetto Media, an online TV affiliated to NUP, said in a telephone interview on Sunday, 14 February 2021.
Kasirye was shot in head while covering Bobi Wine’s campaigns in Masaka City after security forces tried to block the presidential candidate from heading to one area. Many at the time pronounced him dead given that he was bleeding profusely and became unconscious for a long time.
For more than a week when he was admitted to Rubaga Hospital, he could not recognise anything or anyone. Kasirye says he began to understand things after nearly a month.
On January 14, he was discharged from hospital and he says that incident will not scare him away from his job as a journalist.