By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have revealed that they will not arrest and charge Lt.Col. Napoleone Namanya Kyebihende, who commanded the Military Police that assaulted journalists and National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi’s supporters on Wednesday.
It should be noted that the Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) court on Thursday charged and sentenced to jail six UPDF soldiers and one officer at the rank of Captain, for brutalizing journalists who had escorted Bobi Wine to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Kololo, Kampala.
However, Lt. Col. Namanya, who commanded the operation, has since then not been arrested, something that has prompted Bobi Wine and the assaulted journalists to come out and call upon the UPDF to arrest and charge him too, since he was the commander of the operation.
In a statement Bobi Wine issued on Thursday night, he wondered why he did not see Lt. Col. Namanya among the UPDF soldiers that were charged and sentenced to respective short jail sentences for acts of indiscipline.
However, in response to Bobi Wine’s demands and those of the assaulted journalists to have Lt. Col. Namanya arrested, the UPDF has since come out and asserted that they will not charge their officer for actions committed by individuals.
Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson, said while commenting about the matter on Friday morning that; “We cannot arrest the officer for crimes he did not commit. Yes, he was the Commanding Officer but the crimes were committed by individuals. That is why they were arrested.”
It should however be noted that Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi on Thursday apologized about the shameful acts of brutality that were meted out on journalists revealed that the army would assist the affected scribes with catering for their medical bills.