Security personnel deployed in Kololo have beaten up journalists that were covering National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s petition to the United Nations Rights Council (UNHRC) this afternoon.
According to NBS television, at least more than 8 journalists have been rushed to the hospital with severe injuries.
Some of the journalists include NBS TV’s Josephine Namakumbi, Timothy Murungi and Henry Ssekanjako of the New Vision, John Cliff Wamala of NTV, Irene Abalo Otto of Daily Monitor, and Shamim Nabakooza of Record TV.
According to Namakumbi, one of the journalists that have been beaten up, the journalists were covering the incident where security forces blocked the roads leading to the UN Human Rights Council office in Kololo, before military officers started beating them.
Namakumbi says that many of their colleagues have been left bleeding.
“John Cliff of NTV is bleeding. I have personally been beaten in the back and I feel a lot of pain. I’m going to the hospital,” Namakumbi said.
Roads leading to the UN Human Rights office where Kyagulanyi was meant to deliver his petition were blocked by the military and according to Namakumbi, journalists who were also not allowed access resorted to covering from the sides before they were beaten.