UPDF apologizes for battering journalists, culprits to be arrested-CDF

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By Mukose Arnold Anthony

The Uganda peoples defence forces (UPDF) through its mouth piece Brig. Richard Kalemire has on Tuesday evening revealed that the UPDF Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Gen.David Muhoozi has ordered for the arrest, detention and prosecution of some of the army officers who were seen on Monday brutalizing journalists who were covering free Bobi Wine protests in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

Alfred ochwo of the observer, Galiwango Ronald NTV, Juma Kirya NTV, Muhumuza Julius of dream TV and Reuters’ journalist Akena James were battered, gadgets destroyed whilst executing their professional duty by the indiscplined army officers.

While delivering the apology from the army headquarters in Mbuya, Karemire expressed dissatisfaction over how the scribes were mistreated and promised that such elements are going to be dealt with.

“Today 23rd August 2018, UPDF wishes to express its displeasure over such behavior by those individuals and as a result, the chief of defence forces Gen David Muhoozi has ordered for their arrest and punishment. He has also  expressed apologizes and sympathies to the individuals on whom pain was inflicted, we wish to reiterate our strong commitment to maintain a very strong patternship to the media fraternity in the course of executing all our core functions as laid out in our constitution” the statement reads in parts

It should be noted that Fracas broke out on Monday morning in Kisekka Market in protest of arrest and detention of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine which later spread to other parts of the city like Kampala Road, Nasser road, Namirembe Road and Katwe among other areas prompting both the police and military to swing into action to quell them.

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