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UPDF Soldier Arrested for Assaulting Vision Group Journalist, Confiscating his Camera

A UPDF soldier has been arrested for beating a journalist and confiscating his camera.
The soldier, who is attached to the 2nd Division in Mbarara, assaulted Vision Group’s Ali Waswa on Wednesday as  he filmed an accident involving a UPDF vehicle and a private car  near Kobil Petro station on Mbarara- Masaka Road.
The 2nd Division spokesperson, Major. Charles Kabona, on Thursday said the soldier  will be prosecuted.
“We regret the incident. We treat this as an isolated incident because our working relationship with the media in the region has been cordial,” Major Kabona said.
He added that the army leadership apologized
to Mr Waswa, returned his camera and replaced his damaged phone. 
Security agencies have been in the spotlight for attacking journalists, especially during the lockdown over coronavirus.
On April 3, a police officer in Mukono District was arrested in connection with the beating up of a journalist belonging to Bukedde TV and radio.


Noah Mukosi, who is attached to 
Buziranjovu Police Post in Nakisunga sub county, was arrested on the orders of the Mukono Resident District Commissioner Yorokamu Bamwine.

Mr Bamwine said that the officer was in charge of the operation that beat up David Musisi Karyankolo, a journalist working with Bukedde television.

He was beaten up by LDUs as he reported on how the security agencies were enforcing the curfew. He was admitted to Helona Hospital in Kisoga Town Council in Mukono in unconscious state.

The beating of the journalist came two days after security agencies in Ntungamo District also beat up Perez Rumanzi of the Nation Media Group who was covering the implementation of the curfew.

His camera was taken but later returned to him. He was admitted to hospital but later discharged.

On Wednesday, Henry Nsubuga, a journalist also working with New Vision, was forced to delete content from the camera by the Mukono Police Division Commander Joab Wabwiire.

Security agencies, especially LDUs, have been accused of high handedness in the implementation of the presidential directives to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, apologized to a group of women who were beaten up by LDUs in downtown Kampala.

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