Rosa Malongo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, has deplored the excessive use of force by Military Police which contravened arrangements made with police and Foreign Affairs ministry to ensure the safe delivery of Bobi Wine’s petition.
She was speaking on the Wednesday incident in which soldiers beat up journalists outside UN offices in Kololo, Kampala.
“UN looks forward to the investigation and having those responsible brought to justice,” she said.
The US ambassador to Uganda Natalie Brown said journalists should not be attacked for doing their job.
“Whenever assaulted, swift, public, transparent investigations must follow to ensure justice is served and to restore public trust,” she noted.
She added: “Those who violate press freedom must be held to account.”
In parliament, Kira Municipality MP Hon. Ssemujju Nganda raised concern over the continued abuse of Human Rights by security agencies, notwithstanding that the Human Rights Committee was directed to investigate matter.
Nganda condemned the beating up of several journalists who were admitted in hospital with serious injuries.
“Madam Speaker, I urge the Human Rights Committee to expeditiously investigate the violations happening. Journalists have been beaten because they were covering Bobi Wine as he was submitting a petition to UN. More than 10 Journalists are bleeding.”
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that she has received a petition from the Uganda Young Democrats over the continued abuse of Human Rights by especially the security agencies.
The Speaker has referred the petition to the Committee of Human Rights.