UPDF to arrest Soldiers who attacked Journalists at Bobi Wine protests

Tuesday August 21, 2018

Gen. David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defence Forces has ordered the arrest and punishment of soldiers who molested journalists yesterday on Kampala streets during a joint operation to quell the #FreeBobiWine demonstrations.

UPDF soldiers yesterday attacked and molested Reuters photojournalist James Akena and NTV’s Juma Kirya alongside Ronald Galiwango and Observer’s Alfred Ochwo among others.

In a statement released by UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire, the army regrets the brutality and apologises to the affected journalists.

However, Human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo rejected the statement from the UPDF, insisting the army should also release the Soldier's names, so they can be personally held to account.

''For this to make sense, we demand the names of the soldiers involved, their rank &names of the commanding officers. We want to bring criminal charges against them in their own individual capacities. We also want a one Kiwanuka who was involved in the Pacific Hotel incident in Arua'' He posted on his twitter account.