Ugandan military issues an apology after a Reuters journalist was beaten during protests in Kampala

James was pictured crouching down in fear as soldiers beat him

James was pictured crouching down in fear as soldiers beat him. He was later detained for several hours and his equipment confiscated.

In a statement, the military said that soldiers who had molested journalists would be arrested and punished.

"Attention has been brought to the leadership of the UPDF about the unprofessional conduct of the soldiers who molested some journalists while deployed on a joint operation in the capital city on Monday, August 20," the statement read.

“UPDF wishes to express its displeasure over such behavior by those individuals, and as a result, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) has ordered for their arrest and punishment."


On Monday one person was killed and more than 100 were arrested during protests against detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.

Last week two journalists were arrested as they reported live from where a driver of the detained MP and musician Robert Kyagulanyi — known as Bobi Wine — was killed.

The opposition MP remains in detention and is due to appear before a military court on Thursday on charges of unlawfully possessing firearms.


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