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CDF Muhoozi apologies over violence meted out against journalists, promises UPDF will compensate them

Photojournalist Nicholas Bamulanzeeki being chased by military (PHOTO/Lawrence)

MBUYA — The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi has promised that the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces will investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault of journalists on Wednesday in Kololo and prosecute the individual soldiers who were involved.

Addressing the Press at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Mbuya, Gen Muhoozi apologized to the media fraternity regarding the incident that happened— saying such actions are regrettable and the UPDF as a professional institution doesn’t condone such acts.

The Chief of Defence Forces promised that the journalists who sustained injuries will be assisted in meeting their medical bills.

He added that going forward, the UPDF will have to incorporate training modules to its soldiers in regard to the treatment and importance of journalists and that they will be a review on the rules of engagement when the forces are carrying out their duties.

He also promised to have an engagement with media as soon as possible to brain storm on the way forward.

He called upon journalists to at all times be visibly identifiable during their execution of duty and avoid crossing the lines as it has sometimes happened.

 

The United Nations in Uganda condemned the brutality meted out against journalists and people who had accompanied Robert Kyagulanyi as the NUP president delivered a petitioned to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Kampala.

Several journalists and NUP supporters, some of whom included Members of Parliament, were brutalised by Military Police as they approached the offices in Kololo, Kampala, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

The UN, in a statement, said this behaviour contravenes the agreement with the Government of Uganda regarding the safety and security of UN premises, personnel and guests as well as national and international commitments.

“The Republic of Uganda is a member of the United Nations and has conveyed in the past its commitment to peace, justice, human rights and development. The UN calls on the Government to immediately investigate this incident and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” the UN said.

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