Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) say seven officers attached to military police have been charged for assaulting journalists yesterday near the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, yesterday went to deliver a petition about a spate of abductions and disappearances of his supporters and its during the process that assault happened. Ministry of Defense and Veterans affairs Deputy Spokesperson, Lt. Col Deo Akiiki identified the suspects as Capt Jessy Odwenyi, Cpl Nimusiima Justine, Pte Wasswa Peter, Pte Tsame Imran, Pte Kisakye Victoria, Pte Opiyo Isaac and L/Cpl Zirimenya.
The incident caused a public uproar with many advising the media to boycott all government events. However, today morning CDF Gen. David Muhoozi apologised to the media fraternity about the incident and promised to take action because nobody briefs people to go and beat others.
Kassim.Muhoozi said that since they cannot take back the beatings, the UPDF is going to cover medical bills of all the journalists that were assaulted. He promised to lead the campaign to improve the relationship between the media and the security forces.