PHOTOS: Police Speak Out On Pepper Gassing Journalists

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>sale sans-serif; color: #3e454c; background-color: #f7f7f7; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;”>Chimpreports, treatment as usual, contacted Julius Caesar Tusingwire, the DPC Wandegeya police station, also commander of this morning’s forces, who explained that the situation had turned chaotic and “we (police) had to disperse them (journalists)”.

A police officer in tears after being affected by the pepper spray

He added: “They had started grabbing voting materials which was not good and we, therefore, had to request them to leave the place.

Simon Kaggwa Njala charging at Wandegeya DPC

He further advised the aggrieved parties to sit down and solve the matters amicably other than resorting to fighting.

Journalists fight with police over ballot boxes

In another exclusive interview, Alex Luganda, the lawyer who was supposed to conduct the elections, condemned the act and noted that it was uncalled for.

“There is no law that allows elections to be stopped due to boycott by any of the candidates. This was a disgrace to the profession,” he stressed.


Police struggle to snatch ballot boxes from journalists

One of the candidates, Florence Apulot, who boycotted elections citing irregularities in the process stated,” we are the people responsible to inform the public about free and fair elections but we can’t continue behaving like this and tarnish our name. It seems UJA is now going into a limbo if such acts continue.”

Police patrolling the area around Norvic hospital along Buganda road

Police had to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd that had turned chaotic and grabbed election materials including ballot boxes.

Journalists help their colleague wash pepper spray out of his eyes

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