Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), on Tuesday, 28th, January full filled their pledge of compensating for the lost properties of sports journalist Peace Diane Bagala working with CBS fm and BBS Terefayina which she lost while being battered by the army men who left her with wounds on Wednesday, 22, January, 2020 at Wankulukuku Stadium during the Viper SC vs Kajjansi United game.
The officer attached to the LDU of Lubaga Battalion with particulars :AX 013620 Kato Mahad who acted violently towards a Journalist was also arrested and he is being detained at LDF ( LDU) HQ- Kawempe pending Court disciplinary action.
The developments follow a meeting held between Uganda Journalists ‘Association (UJA) leadership led by its vice president Buganda region Ssendegeya Muhammad Byayi, Peace Diane Bagala and the UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire at the UPDF Headquarters in Mbuya on Friday, 24th, January, 2020.
In the same meeting Diane listed her demands which have been met by the UPDF authorities however we still await to see an open trial of the perpetrators before the competent courts of law.
This has been revealed by the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) spokesperson Kabuye Ronald in a statement issued on Wednesday morning .
in her own words Peace Diane Bagala said she was happy about the developments. ‘Iam happy with how professionally my case has been handled and the justice rendered. i hope it sets a precedent of the safety of other journalists while doing their work.’ said Diane
It should be also noted that on the same match day, similar violence was unleashed on the Viper SC media Officer Kenneth Muwanga who is yet to table his demands before the UPDF authorities.
It should be recalled that Peace Diane was barbarically caned with an electric wire and badly kicked at the back!
She was later given protection by URA FC goalkeeping Coach Stephen Billy Kiggundu who later stopped the army from causing further injuries to the soft spoken journalist.
Vipers SC media officer Kenneth Muwanga, among others, was also hit before he was saved by his athleticism.
Many fans, including the innocents, were also mercilessly beaten.