Ugandan army commander orders arrest of soldiers who beat journalists

Protesters light a bonfire on a street on August 20, 2018to demand the release of the Ugandan MP Bobi Wine. Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has ordered the arrest and punishment of soldiers who brutalised and harassed journalists. PHOTO | STRINGER | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Order comes after widespread local and global condemnation of UPDF soldiers’ brutality and harassment of journalists.
  • The journalists were covering protests occasioned by the arrest of politicians including Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
  • Army Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire said the leadership of the army condemned the soldiers' brutality.

Gen David Muhoozi, the Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has ordered the arrest and punishment of soldiers who brutalised and harassed journalists who were covering a joint security operation against protestors who were on Monday demanding the release of jailed politicians including Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

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