Uganda Army apologises after reporter beaten


The Ugandan military has apologised for what it called the unprofessional conduct of soldiers after a Reuters journalist was beaten and arrested as he covered a protest in the capital, Kampala, on Monday.

In a video widely shared on social media, Reuter’s photographer, James Akena is seen cowering as soldiers beat him.

Reports say he was detained for several hours after being beaten.

In a statement, the military said that soldiers who had molested journalists would be arrested and punished.

Earlier Human Rights Watch called on the Ugandan police and military to stop attacks on the media and respect the rights of all protesters.

On Monday one person was killed and more than 100 were arrested during protests over the detention of several opposition Members of Parliament and activists.

Last week two journalists were arrested as they reported live from where a driver of the detained Member of Parliament and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine, was beaten.

Human Rights Watch wants an independent investigation into the shooting of Yasiin Kawuma.

It says the beating and arresting of journalists is evidence the Ugandan authorities want to cover up the conduct of the security forces

Wine, a popular Afrobeats star who was elected as an opposition MP last year, remains in detention and is due to appear before a military court on Thursday on charges of unlawfully possessing firearms.

His family allege he has been beaten up in custody.

Sammie Idika