Gen. Kayihura Under Fire Over Scribe Assault Case

here geneva; font-size: small;”>Edward Echwalu, here a freelance photojournalist working for Reuters and The Observer newspaper, on Thursday April 5 recorded a statement with the police’s Professional Standards Unit after alleging he was assaulted by police officers while carrying out his work.

Echwalu says he was beaten by four police officers using batons and a rifle butt outside Kiira Road police station in Kampala on March 21 as he tried to cover the detention of opposition activists.

Following his statement, Echwalu submitted evidence of his assault to the police’s Professional Standards Unit, containing the initial report of the alleged beating at Kiira Road police station, photos of the concerned police officers and a medical note detailing his injuries.

“The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda wishes to remind the police’s Professional Standards Unit of their promise to thoroughly investigate the matter within three weeks and hold anyone found responsible accountable,” the organisation said in a statement issued Tuesday.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) is an organisation of journalists working in Uganda for foreign and international news-media.

Police have of late developed a habit of beating up scribes, an act that is illegal, deplorable and capable of triggering a serious media blackout on the force’s activities.

Last year unruly cops descended on scribes who were covering Col. Kizza Besigye’s return from Nairobi Hospital thus clobbering them.

Some journalists sustained bullet wounds in an attack planned and executed by heartless police officers.


The attack on Echwalu sparked national outrage with civil organisations calling upon Gen. Kale Kayihura to arrest the culprits and bring them to book.

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