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Kisoro Journalists Clobbered By Soldiers

Two journalists operating from Kisoro in Kigezi Region are nursing serious injuries after a group of soldiers who were guarding a contested market pounced on them and clobbered them.

The journalists are Barnabas Kamusiime, a field reporter for Voice of Muhabura and Kate Atuzarirwe a TV West, Kisoro District based Reporter.

The two were attacked by a group of six gun-wielding soldiers who had been deployed to guard the contested Gatimba Market in Kisoro Municipality, accusing them of taking pictures.

Gatimba Market in Kisoro Municipality is being contested by banana traders, who were last week forcefully evited by the Municipality Town Clerk Peter Masiko who wanted them to reallocate to another place.

During the eviction last week, the traders resisted the move to reallocate them and this led to a violent demonstration that left 2 people shot and seriously injured. The injured are still admitted at Mutolere Hospital.

Speaking on his hospital bed where he was rushed after being beaten, Kamusiime said the six soldiers without asking them any question pounced on him and Atuzarirwe and started beating them at around 10:40 am on Monday.

Gatimba Market is just a stone throw away from Kisoro Community Police.

Kisoro RDC Peter Mugisha has condemned the attack on the journalists saying it was not called for since they were on their duty. Mugisha who is the Chairman of the District Security Committee promised to follow up the matter with other leaders.

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When contacted, Kisoro District Police Commander Stephen Ogwang said that he was not aware that the journalists were beaten up and also promised to make a follow up.

 

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