Battered Journalists seek Justice over Military brutality
NBS TV's Josephine Namakumbi, one of those who were badly beaten. PHOTO/COURTESY

This, however, comes at a time when seven military officials were on Thursday sentenced to 90 days of detention at the Makindye Military barracks in response to the gruesome scene.

Following Thursday’s decision from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to sentence seven of its members for beating up journalists, a section of battered journalists have come out to demand the arrest of a top military official claiming that he is the one who commanded the beating.

The picture of the official whose name is yet to be disclosed has been making rounds on different social media platforms with captions that he commanded the military attack on the media personnel who had gathered to cover National Unity Platform presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine on Wednesday.

NBS TV’s Josephine Namakumbi, one of those who were badly beaten posted the image of the military official on her social handle calling upon Lt Col Nabimanya Napoleon to respond to the matter.

“Lt Col Nabimanya Napoleon Kyabihende. Where is this murderer dressed on military uniform who commanded the attack on journalists? We want total justice,” Josephine posted. 

This, however, comes at a time when seven military officials were on Thursday detained at the Makindye Military barracks in response to the gruesome scene.

The military police unit disciplinary committee (UDC) presided over by the chairman Lt Col Gai Mpandwa said that this was done to deter other members of the force from engaging in acts prejudicial to the good order and discipline of UPDF.

Battered Journalists seek Justice over Military brutality
NBS TV’s Josephine Namakumbi, one of those who were badly beaten. PHOTO/COURTESY

According to the court outcomes; “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.”

”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,” a statement from the court read in detail.

Lt Col Gai Mpandwa however warned the culprits and the entire military fraternity to always emulate discipline and professionalism while on any deployment. 

“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 militants while executing their constitutional mandate,” the statement read further.