On January 12, 2002, Jimmy Higenyi, a journalism student at the United Media Consultants and Trainers (UMCAT), died after being shot in the back by a bullet fired by police in Kampala. The journalist was covering a demonstration organized by the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC, the opposition) in the streets of the capital. His report was for a student project.
The government had banned the march under article 269 of the Constitution, which outlaws all political activity in the country. The police, overwhelmed by the crowd, began firing real bullets to break up the demonstration. It was Jimmy Higenyi’s first project as a correspondent on the ground. He is the first journalist to be killed in the course of his duty in 2002.
A few days later, the chief inspector of the police, Major-General Katumba Wamala, announced that an officer and two constables had been arrested in connection with the murder of Jimmy Higenyi. "The police takes full responsibility" in this affair, the Ugandan police chief stated during a press conference.