Journalist Injured As Besigye Supporters, Police Clash
A WBS journalist has been injured during Tuesday clashes between police and supporters of opposition top shots Col. Kizza Besigye and Erias Lukwago in Kampala.
William Ntege was thumped by baton-wielding cops in downtown Kampala as he covered the two opposition figures who were having lunch at Owino Park Yard.
Cops led by Kampala Central Police Station DPC James Ruhweza ordered Ntege to disembark a pickup truck before beating him up.
The unwarranted attack left Ntege’s back injured and his camera in pieces.
This is not the first time police are harassing journalists.
Recently, cops whipped Edward Echwalu as he covered the arrest and detention of Besigye at Kiira Road Police Station in Kampala.
After their lunch, Lukwago and Besigye were chauffeured in separate cars which were subsequently followed by their supporters.
Police then swung into action, using batons to separate the opposition leaders from their followers.
A scuffle ensued with the angry mob threatening to use stones in defence.
Business and traffic were briefly paralyzed.
Calm was restored after the FDC leader and the city mayor chose to address a rally at KPC.
Clad in a light blue shirt, Besigye decried the highhandedness of police when dealing with opposition supporters.
“What is wrong with going to Owino market for lunch? That’s the meal we can afford. We are supporting our poor people in these markets,” said Besigye.
He further asserted people should wake up and fight for their rights.
Besigye said Museveni is losing grip on power, a reason security services are always prepared to use force against unarmed civilians.
The former Presidential candidate maintained nobody would stop him from enjoying lunch at Owino market. He described it as “delicious.”
On his part, Lukwago said tycoons had secretly bought off the Park Yard.
“Every month KCCA collects Shs14m from Park Yard traders. Why do they get money from an illegal entity? This Yard must be managed by traders not these selfless tycoons,” said Lukwago.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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