The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has apologized for the actions of his officers who beat Journalists yesterday.
Gen Muhoozi says they will take disciplinary action against their errant officers in a couple of days.
“We will be the last people to target Journalists or anyone. Appropriate actions will be taken against the culprits, and you will be informed,” he told press in Kampala on Thursday.
He said what took place Wednesday was not sanctioned and appropriate action will be taken against the identifiable culprits.
“Nobody briefs people to go and beat others. Part of showing remorse is to help out with the medical bills of those that were injured. We are not able to take back the injuries but the least we can do is to make good.”
“We need to engage with the media to sit and talk through this and bolster our relationship and agree on how to deal with each other. We haven’t taken up training on how to deal with the media. It is not yet too late.”
NBS journalist Daniel Lutaaya: Is it a tactic to assault us and later apologize?
Muhoozi: It is not a tactic. Action against the culprits, training, and engaging the media will avoid the frequency. It is not our desire to assault and apologize.
He said the media can never be the enemy of the State.
“You are very crucial partners. A package of remorse includes catering for what our errant people have done.”
He added: “In two days, we will tell you which action we shall take against our officers who beat up journalists…”