The United Nations (UN) delegation in Uganda has called on the Government of Uganda to immediately to probe the security personnel who beat journalists and members of the National Unity Platform (NUP) yesterday on Wednesday and bring the culprits to book.
At least eight journalists were beaten by Military Police personnel outside the UN office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) in Kololo as they accompanied Robert Kyagulanyi to deliver his petition about the alleged abductions and human right violations.
Michael Wangusa, the Communication Officer at the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda issued a press statement in which the UN condemned that prior to the meeting; members of the Uganda Military Police used excessive force to prevent a number of persons accompanying the NUP delegation from accessing OHCHR premises.
“This behaviour contravenes the agreement with the Government of Uganda regarding the safety and security of UN premises, personnel and guests as well as national and international commitments.
Uganda is a member of the United Nations and has conveyed in the past its commitment to peace, justice, human rights and development. The UN calls on the Government to immediately investigate this incident and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” the statement reads in part.
Earlier today, The Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi apologised to the media fraternity and pledged to take action against the UPDF officers who meted brutality against journalists.