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The death of a Spanish journalist who covered NUP activities is being examined by the opposition.

Spanish opposition lawmakers have demanded that the death of Spanish journalist Sadurni Carrasco Sumaya, aka Sumy Sadurni, be investigated.

Following a head-on collision with a FUSO near Kiryadongo on the Kampala-Gulu highway on Monday, Sadurni and her driver Thomas Mugisha perished on the spot.

On Thursday, Shadow Information Minister Joyce Bagala said the death was “strange” and that it should be probed.

“We seek an investigation into the death of Sadurni Carrasco Sumaya, a Spanish journalist based in Uganda who was murdered in a car accident along the Kampala–Gulu route in Kiryandongo District,” Bagala stated.

According to Bagala, the Spanish journalist covered Uganda’s general elections in 2021 despite governmental coercion, and her death in this manner raises questions.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, the president of the National Unity Platform and a previous presidential candidate, stated on Wednesday that he is still “trying to come to grips” with Sadurni’s unfortunate death, despite being engaged in the run-up to and during the 2017 presidential elections.

Sadurni covered and reported on much of the violent encounters that occurred at the NUP camp, according to Kyagulanyi, forcing the authorities to label her a CIA spy.

“As a result of her activities, some regime spokespeople have referred to her as a CIA operative.” She was compelled to flee one of our news briefings in Kamwokya at one point, alleging threats she was receiving as a result of her work in Uganda,” Kyagulanyi added.

ASP Faridah Nampiima, the Traffic Officers PRO, stated on Tuesday that police in Kiryadongo were looking for the driver of a FUSO with the registration number UAL192U who hit Sadurni’s car.

Sadurni was a well-known freelance journalist who worked for a number of international media houses on a commission basis, in addition to being a member of the Ugandan Press Association. AFP Photo was one of the most notable.

Two international journalists were deported from Uganda in November 2020, during the run-up to the presidential elections, and government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo stated that Uganda does not want external monitoring of its internal affairs.

In January 2021, the government accused foreign journalists and international media of tarnishing Uganda’s reputation overseas, claiming that this had harmed tourism and scared foreign investors away.

For diplomatic reasons, State Minister for ICT Peter Ogwang noted that the skewed reporting of the international media on the 2021 elections had had a significant impact on the country’s investment industry.

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