Opposition Parliament member called for an investigation amid Spanish journalist death

Members of the opposition party in Parliament have called in the police station to investigate the death of Spanish journalist ‘Sadurni Carrasco Sumaya’ alias Sumy Sadurni.

Sadurni died on the spot, and during her death, she was with her driver’ Thomas Mugisha’ following a head-on collision with a FUSO in Kiryadongo, the Kampala Gulu highway on Monday.

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On Thursday, Shadow Information Minister ‘Joyce Bagala’ stated that the death is “mysterious” and needs to be investigated.

According to Bagala, “We want an investigation because the death of Ugandan-based Spanish journalist Sadurni Carrasco Sumaya who was killed in a motor accident at Chopelwo valley along Kampala–Gulu highway in Kiryandongo District is a mystery for many of us.”

The Spanish journalist recently covered the 2021 general polls in Uganda amidst intimidation from the state, and her death like this raises eyebrows, said Bagala.

According to National Unity Platform president and former presidential candidate ‘Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, alias Bobi Wine’s statement on Wednesday, he is still trying to come to terms with the tragic death of Sadurni, having been active in the run-up and especially during the recent presidential polls.

Furthermore, Kyagulanyi stated that Sadurni covered and reported the many violent experiences in the NUP camp, which promoted the government to brand her as an agent of the CIA.

As per Kyagulanyi, her work promoted certain regime spokesperson, considering her a CIA agent. At a certain point, she was forced to flee from one of our press conferences in Kamwokya, stating threats she was facing due to her work in Uganda.

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As per the traffic Police PRO, ASP Faridah Nampiima said on Tuesday that police in Kiryadongo were searching for the driver of FUSO registered number UAL192U who hit the car in which Sadurni was travelling in.

Not only she was a member of the International Press Association of Uganda, Sadurni was a renowned freelance journalist, and she was also working with many international media houses on a commission basis.

Two foreign journalists were deported from Uganda during the 2020 elections of presidential polls. The spokesperson of government ‘Ofwono Opondo’ stated that Uganda does not need any foreign scrutiny into its internal matters.

Last year in January, the administration criticized foreign journalists and international media for spoiling the image of Uganda, which directly affected the country’s tourism and scared foreign investors.

Without targetting any particular media house, State Minister for ICT Peter Ogwang stated that this biased reporting by the international media on the 2021 elections had directly affected the country’s investment sector deeply.