Ugandan sports scribes uniting under their umbrella Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) have called for a boycott of the coverage of all rugby games following the assault of the association’s General Secretary, Johnson Were.
USPA’s decision was announced Monday by its President, Patrick District Kanyomozi.
Without mincing words, Kanyomozi, posting via his twitter handle, revealed that the games’ boycott takes immediate effect and USPA would go ahead to support their executive member on a legal pursuit for justice.
USPA’s statement followed a viral video which showed a rugger now identified as Gabriel Aredo charging at Were, whom he then tackled to the ground ‘rugby-style’, spoiling his camera lens in the process.
In his statement, Kanyomozi narrated that the warrior rugby player’s attack on were was in a desperate attempt to stop him from taking pictures of an altercation between former national team player Alex Mubiru and Gabriel’s brother, Erasmus Aredo.
This was during the Kyabazinga 7s tournament at Bugembe Stadium, particularly in the match between Kobs and heathens.
By press time the Rugby union was yet to react to the boycott but Kanyomozi appealed to all concerned to take the matter seriously so that were can get justice and to protect the dignity of journalists in the line of duty.