Military, Police Brutalise Journalists, Politicians As Bobi Wine Goes To Petition UN  Over Abductions In Uganda

Military, Police Brutalise Journalists, Politicians As Bobi Wine Goes To Petition UN  Over Abductions In Uganda

By Mable Nakibuuka

The Uganda Military Police and Uganda Police Force unleashed untold  brutality unto journalists and politicians who had gone with National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to handled a petition about the endless abductions in Uganda to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR).

Bobi Wine had been escorted to the UNCHR a group of NUP supporters, among them newly elected Members of Parliament, journalists, human rights activists and other people.

However, by the time they reached Prince Charles Drive, in Kololo, where the UNCHR offices are  located, all roads leading to the international human rights body had been blocked.

After a brief interaction with the police, the cops that had blocked the road allowed Bobi Wine, the NUP Secretary General Lewis Rubongoya and Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga to proceed to UNCHR offices and ordered the rest to go back.

Some of the journalists who were allegedly clobbered by the military and police

As soon as Bobi Wine,  Rubongoya and Mpuuga entered the UN offices, the military and police started firing teargas, rubber bullets and flogging everyone.

During the scuffle that ensued, several journalists sustained injuries.

The journalists who suffered the brutality include;  Irene Abalo (Daily Monitor), Cliff Wamala (NTV), Timothy Murungi (New Vision) and Josephine Namakumbi (NBS).

Others are two New Vision journalists; Timothy Murungi and Henry Ssekanjako, who were injured by security forces.

Police and military were heavily deployed all over the place

Several politicians also suffered brunt of the police brutality and among them was Makindye East MP elect Derrick Nyeko, whose vehicle was allegedly damaged by security forces.

Watch this space for details about this developing story

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