The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) is to come up with a specific punishment taken in the next two days against the officers involved in beating and injuring journalists yesterday at Kololo in Kampala near the United Nations Human Rights.
About eight journalists were beaten and some of their bodies were injures by the Military Police while covering the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine after him being allowed to deliver his human rights violation petition at UN Human Rights offices in Kololo.
Addressing the nation about yesterday’s incident this morning, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) General David Muhoozi said that these officers on duty acted beyond the commands they were given and are to be punished since they portrayed badly the image of the army before the public.
He further says that they would need videos from the scenes to enable them prosecute these officers in the court martial and will also meet the medical costs of injured journalists.
Muhoozi however urges journalists to always wear their identities to avoid being considered like other violent people in such chaotic environment.
Uganda security agencies have on many occasions brutalized journalists while on duty and little has been done to arrest the growing act but instead security bosses have always raised similar issues of punishing errant officers and some assuring journalists that they will continue beating them as a way of deterring them from covering what security considers unlawful.