Ugandan military to punish soldiers who beat up journalists covering riots

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-22 15:49:21|Editor: xuxin
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KAMPALA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military said Tuesday it will punish the soldiers who roughed up journalists covering riots in capital Kampala on Monday that left one dead.

Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi has ordered the arrest of the indisciplined officers, army spokesperson Richard Karemire said in a statement.

"The UPDF (Uganda People's Defense Forces) wishes to express its displeasure over such behavior by those individuals, and as a result, the CDF has ordered their arrest and punishment," the statement said.

During Monday's fracas, dozens of people were arrested while one person was confirmed dead.

According to the local media, soldiers and policemen fired teargas shells and shots in the air to disperse people protesting the arrest of opposition legislators following an attack on President Yoweri Museveni's convoy on Aug. 13.

Security forces blamed opposition supporters returning from a political rally for the attack in the town of Arua in the northwest.

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