Police stones journalists as they cover staff quarters on fire

Uganda Police

Kampala; Police Officers at Katwe Police Station have today 24th August 2017 stoned five journalists who were covering staff quarters that had caught fire at the same police station.  The journalists who were attacked are Nassaka Joweria (Kingdom TV), Ivan Mbadhi (BBS TV), Rachel Mabala (Daily Monitor) Carol Nakibule (Delta TV) and Muhumuza Julius of Dream TV.

It is alleged that the fire which started at about 9:30am burnt six units and was as a result of one electric coil that was being used for cooking in one of the houses.

Joweria Nassaka,  told HRNJ-Uganda that they received information that fire had gutted staff quarters at Katwe police station, upon arrival, they were denied entrance into the station by police officers at the main entrance.

This prompted them to go behind the police station where they climbed on top of a nearby  house so as to be able to cover.

“We were on the roof covering, then one of the officers who was not dressed in a uniform commanded other officers who were also not dressed in uniform to throw stones at us. One stone hit me on the fore head and it is swollen,” Joweria told HRNJ-Uganda.

Joweria who had just received treatment from Doctor’s clinic in Mengo said that she was still in severe pain.

“when the police officers started throwing stones at us, I jumped from the roof and fell down, my leg got injured in the process… the Kingdom TV journalist was hit on the head and it is swollen.”Ivan Mbadhi, told HRNJ-Uganda.

When HRNJ-Uganda contacted Emilian Kayima, the spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police on phone, he feigned ignorance and said,” I have not heard that, we have a communication gap and nobody has told me anything like that,” Emilian said.

‘We highly condemn the actions by the police officers whose core mandate is to keep law and order and ensure that Ugandans are protected. Police officers are expected to be exemplary. Such actions would not differentiate trained police officers from criminals.” Said the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala

HRNJ-UG Admin

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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