Kampala, Uganda – The United Nations-UN in Uganda has condemned military and police officers who attacked journalists covering the National Unity Platform-NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s delivery of a petition to the U.N. rights office in Kampala on Wednesday.
In a statement which Africa Tembelea has seen, the UN in Uganda called for appropriate action against the Military Police officers who used excessive force as they tried to prevent a number of persons accompanying the NUP delegation from accessing OHCHR premises.
According to the UN, the military’s behavior contravenes the agreement with the Government of Uganda regarding the safety and security of UN premises, personnel and guests as well as national and international commitments.
In a related tweet, Rosa Malango, the United Nations Resident Coordinator & Designated Official for the Republic of Uganda said the excessive use of force by the military was deplorable.
“We deplore the excessive use of force by Military Police which contravened arrangements made with @PoliceUg @UgandaMFA to ensure the safe delivery of this petition @UNinUganda,” Malango tweeted.
Footage of the incident on social media show police with batons chasing after screaming journalists and hitting them indiscriminately. Africa Tembelea has since learnt that about 20 journalists were wounded with at least four suffering head injuries.
“The military was waiting,” Bobi Wine said in a tweet. “Right outside the gate of the U.N. office, they attacked and beat up journalists and elected leaders.”
The pop star turned politician also complained about the “continuing abductions, torture and murder” of his supporters.
In accordance with established procedures, OHCHR says they “will immediately study these allegations and take appropriate actions.”
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