Sweet Pepsi, man battered by SFC, rushed to Nakasero

Journalist Atulinda gives first aid to Sweet Pepsi

The civilian seen in a viral video being beaten by Special Forces Command [SFC] soldiers in Kansangati has been admitted at Nakasero hospital.

Hannington Ssewankambo aka Sweet Pepsi hails from Kulambiro Central.

His sister Namuddu told edge.ug on Saturday that Sweet Pepsi was battered by SFC soldiers Thursday while waiting for Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on his return from America.

Dressed in red, the civilian was attacked by stick-wielding soldiers while standing near a shop and canned mercilessly.

He was later saved by a journalist identified as Atulinda Anthony Allan who gave him first aid and bandaged his bleeding head.

Sweet Pepsi was then taken to a hospital in Kyanja trading centre by Councillor Kassim Ddungu, a representative from Kyanja, Nakawa division.

Sweet Pepsi was stitched and sent to rest. He was to return the next day for more check-ups and treatment.

A bleeding Sweet Pepsi

His sister told edge.ug that on Friday, Sweet Pepsi’s condition worsened and he was rushed to Nakasero hospital.

“He is pain. He feels pain in the head and the arm. We are waiting for the scan and see what happens next,” she said.

Sweet Pepsi

“But he is alive and will get better,” Namuddu said, crossing rumours that claimed the lad had died.

“He was just standing and had not done anything,” Namuddu told edge.ug that her brother is not a violent person who would cause chaos.

His mother Sarah Kafeero expressed gratitude to journalist Atulinda Anthony Allan for the first aid he offered to her son. However, she needs medical, legal and financial support.

Atulinda, the hero of the moment, is News Camera Person at BBC World Service, Cameraman at CNBC Africa, worked at CNBC and AFRICA BROADCASTING (U) LTD.

He also worked at NTV Uganda, Landmark Media CONSULTANTS and studied at Uganda film and television institute.

According to Atulinda, credit also goes to NBS TV’s videographer Mujunga Joshua who captured Sweet Pepsi’s brutal encounter with the army.

NBS journalist Mujunga caught the video

“It’s the least I honestly could have done. I guess I was at that particular place for that purpose. I am truly humbled. May we all be a reason for one to smile,” Atulinda said.

He added: “The greatest reward is that love that i have to give and share with humanity for as long as am here.”

Soldiers caning Sweet Pespi


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