UPDF sentences 07 of its members for beating journalists

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The Military Police Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower court of the General Court Martial on Thursday, sentenced Seven military officers to 90 days’ detention at Makindye Military barracks for beating journalists.
The soldiers beat up journalists outside the United Nations Human rights office on Wednesday.
The violence left six reporters injured. The incident happened as the National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine was delivering a petition over human rights abuses to the UN.

‘’Capt Jessy Odwenyi, Cpl Nimusiima Justine, Pte Wasswa Peter, Pte Tsame Imran, Pte Kisakye Victoria, Pte Opiyo Isaac, and L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim were sentenced to 90 days of detention in Makindye military barracks,” a statement from the army reads in part.
” L/cpl Zirimenya Kassim was also charged with 60 days while Cpl Nimusiima Justine was sentenced to severe reprimand and caution while Pte Kisakye Victoria and Pte Opiyo Isaac were sentenced to 62 and 60 days in the military prison respectively.

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” The chairman warned the culprits and the entire military police at large to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment. He also added that the above officer and militants will act as a deterrent measure to officers and
The trial of the four privates, a lance corporal and two captains was not open to the public.

On Thursday, CDF of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Gen. David Muhoozi apologized for the incident and said that going forward, the military will be trained on how to handle journalists.

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