Chief of defense forces Gen David Muhoozi has ordered for the arrest of some officers from Uganda people’s defense forces that were caught on camera clobbering journalists during Monday riots in Kampala.
CDF Gen Muhoozi also a lawyer by profession in a statement released on Sunday said “UPDF wishes to express its displeasure over such behavior by those individuals and as a result, the Chief of Defence Forces has ordered for their arrest and punishment.”
Reuters’ photojournalist James Akena is currently admitted in the hospital after he was badly beaten by the military while capturing photos of the riots.
Akena’s efforts to put his arms up as a sign of surrendering did not save him and soldiers continued beating and kicking him.
However, the CDF while expressing his apologies retaliated the force’s strong commitment to maintain strong partnership with the media fraternity in the course of executing its core functions mandated to them by the constitution.
A riot broke out yesterday Monday in Kampala city and its surrounding over the arrest and detention of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
This resulted into the arrest of over 170 suspects by the military during operations to restore calm in the city while one person was confirmed dead in the areas of Kibuye in Makindye division.