KAMPALA — A day after being feasted on by a fat military baton that cracked her back, renowned NBS Television journalist and anchor, Josephine Namakumbi has finally detached from the ‘I choose peace’ initiative which she pioneered during the just concluded general elections.
In a rebuttal social media post dedicated both NUP supporters who single her out and subjected her to ridicule and mockery, Namakumbi apologetically regrets involving in the initiative as she hardly had an idea that she would one day be victimised by the brutaly army.
See full statement by Josephine Namakumbi
I choose not to respond to those who think the media deserved the brutality we faced yesterday. And to make this clear to you all, my statement of choosing peace did not mean that I will be exempted from the atrocities but rather respond peaceful to the brutality especially from the forces.
A pre-2021 election tweet in which Namakumbi endorsed the NRM government for facilitating ‘peace’
To me, Yesterday’s Military police attack was uncalled for. We were organised as journalists and peaceful awaited an address from the people we were covering after we were blocked from accessing the offices of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Kololo.
In a blink of an eye, two military motorcades swung in, the occupants jumped off and started battering everyone around. Many of us fell down, and here, the armed officers beat us to their satisfaction.
When I fell down, I was hit at the back as I tried to pick up my shoes, the male officer threatened to kick my back if I didn’t get up there and then. I tried to get up and run again but I failed. I couldn’t run for my life anymore because my back was hurting, I fell down again. This is when collegues came to my rescue. It was breaking to see comrades bleeding as the officers continued to run after us. Well identified journalists with our press tags, cameras and branded microphones, we were trapped in a military ambush.
With no doubt, this was an open attack on the media which has been the case repeatedly. The force can maybe release videos captured by security cameras to challenge this.
We have families like you, we have jobs like you but we don’t attack anyone like you do. On this #BLACK MEDIA THURSDAY we ask you to respect us and not give us reasons to think that you are against journalists and want to finish us all. Respect our career like we respect you.