Opposition leader and National Unity Platform Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Wednesday presented a petition to the local office of the U.N.-the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights
He party claims more than 300 of their members countrywide remain missing
Heavy security was deployed and roadblocks were set up on the route leading to the U.N. Human Rights Office in Kampala. Eight journalists from six media houses are nursing injuries after military police beat them with batons near the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights offices in Kololo
The journalists were covering Robert Kyagulanyi, who had gone to deliver a petition to the UN over continued human rights violations in the country which include arbitrary arrests, murders, kidnaps among others
“This behaviour contravenes the agreement with the government … regarding the safety and security of U.N. premises, personnel and guests,” the U.N. office said in a statement.
Among those most injured were NTV journalist, John Cliff Wamala who was hit on the head causing a deep cut. Others include; Timothy Mulungi and Henry Sekanjako of New Vision, Josephine Namakumbi and Joseph Sabiti of NBS TV, Irene Abalo Otto of Daily Monitor, Geoffrey Twesigye of NTV and Amina Nalule of Galaxy FM, among others. The Observer photojournalist Nicholas Bamulanzeki’s camera was also damaged.
Police said security personnel had dispersed “uncontrolled crowds” that had formed outside the U.N. office as Wine delivered the petition.
“General Museveni feels like Uganda is his compound. Uganda is his property. He has the right to pick and kill anybody at his will. He has the right to torture anybody, to murder anybody. But we say, he does not. And that is why, we are petitioning the United Nations,” Wine said.