By Mable Nakibuuka
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi has ordered the arrest of seven soldiers of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) over allegations that they assaulted journalists on Wednesday, when National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine had gone to hand a human rights petition to the United Nations.
Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, the UPDF deputy spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of the seven soldiers and revealed that the CDF Gen. Muhoozi had already apologized for their actions on behalf of the UPDF.
“The CDF Gen David Muhoozi has apologised and promised to take action against UPDF personnel involved in beating up journalists. He also promised to foot their medical bills, train soldiers on how to handle media and have a media engagement to avoid future occurrences,” Lt. Col. Akiiki said on twitter.
Commenting about the arrest of the soldier, he added that; “UPDF swings into action sentences 7 after assault on members of the fourth estate.
1.Capt Jessy Odwenyi
2.Cpl Nimusiima Justine
3.Pte Wasswa Peter
4.Pte Tsame Imran
5.Pte Kisakye Victoria
6.Pte Opiyo Isaac
7.L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim.”
The arrested soldiers are part of a group of military and police officers who brutalized journalists, Members of Parliament, lawyers and politicians who had escorted Bobi Wine to the UN Human Rights Commission in Kololo, Kampala, seeking the UN’s intervention in the continued abductions and human rights abuses in Uganda.
However, following the assault, the Uganda police issued a statement, asserting that Bobi Wine had broken the law by leading a huge procession to the UN Human Rights offices, well knowing that it is against the standing Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
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