Ugandans angered by officer who beat up a journalist [Video]

The journalist was nearly run over by a moving vehicle

Lawrence Kitatta, a journalist with Vision Group beaten up badly by security guards

A video circulating on social media of a security officer kicking a journalist has angered netizens, with many demanding the officer's resignation.

The officer in question is a member of the Ugandan Presidential Protection Guard and was manning security at the home of Deputy Speaker Anita Among, in Nakasero, Kampala.

Lawrence Kitatta, a journalist with a Ugandan media company, Vision Group, was covering a peaceful demonstration outside Among's home when the officer attacked him. The kick was so powerful that Kitatta fell almost getting run over by an oncoming car.

The videos and photos circulating online led to opposition leaders and human rights activists coming out to support Kitatta, asking the police to take swift action against the officer in question.

"In a rogue state, no one is spared. Journalists continue to be on the receiving end of torture and brutality. The brutality of Bukedde journalist Lawrence Kitatta by this hooded armed man must be condemned. That's why everyone needs to get involved in the struggle for freedom," stated 'Ghetto President' Bobi Wine.

Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ) condemned the attack and demanded that the police probe the matter immediately.

"@PoliceUg must investigate the recent attack on the New Vision journalist Lawrence Kitatta who was kicked by a security officer. Police should ensure that journalists are able to do their work without hindrance," read their tweet.

Human rights defender Sserunkuuma John Bosco who led the protest expressed his disappointment at the officer saying he totally condemns his actions.

Sserunkuuma led more than 50 members of the Torture Survivors of Uganda, to seek justice.

The protest was brought by an increase in torture faced by Ugandan opposition leaders with the most recent victims being National Unity Platform (NUP) member Samuel Masereka, and Novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who has since fled the country.

In their protest, the survivors of torture stated that many NUP party members, who are led by Bobi Wine, are still being held without trial.

Last week, NUP released a list of 178 members whom they say have been tortured by security.

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