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Police Investigates Foreign Journalists’ “Attack on Kasangati DPC”

The foreign reporters were enraged after AFP photojournalist Isaac Kasamani was pepper-sprayed by a police officer at Dr Besigye's home in Kasangati

South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura to drum up support for an inclusive government in the strife-torn country.

Zuma, and http://cfbtoman.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-posts-v1-1-endpoint.php who is leading an African Union High-Level Delegation of Heads of State and Government at the request of the organisation’s Chairperson, http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-wp-replicastore.php Idriss Deby Itno, was received at the airport by his counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza and senior government officials.

The African Union Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, decided on 31 January 2016 that, regarding Burundi, an inclusive political dialogue must be supported under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni.

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The Summit decided, further, to dispatch a High-Level Delegation to meet with the highest authorities of Burundi, as well as with other Burundian stakeholders, to hold consultations on the inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue.

The members of the High-Level Delegation, each representing their respective Regional Economic Community, include Zuma who is the convenor and leader; President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon; and Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Zuma was be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

The trip comes high on the heels of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Bujumbura where he urged Nkurunziza and other actors to resolve Burundi’s political crisis peacefully.

Burundi was thrown into crisis this past April when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win in July.

To date, it has been reported that more than 400 people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations.

During Ban’s trip, Nkurunziza promised to withdraw some media bans, cancel the arrest warrants and release detainees which the UN chief were “good will gestures.”

President Nkurunziza further told Ban he would release a list of twelve hundred detainees and take other measures.

“I have asked him, while I welcome these generous support and measures but I would expect that additional measures should be taken,” said Ban.
Police are unhappy with the image that has been portrayed of them in the media in the past two weeks, sale http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-includes/feed-atom.php during their operations to curtail Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye from ‘destabilizing the capital Kampala.’

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura last night expressed displeasure with the media reports and imagery that suggested that the police were witch-hunting Besigye, remedy http://cfmasv.com/wp-content/themes/construct/lib/scripts/css.php who grudgingly lost in last week’s presidential elections.

Gen Kayihura described these media reports as distorted, dosage speculated, biased, unfounded, and unfair.

On this note the IGP revealed in statement that the police were investigating the circumstances under which the Kasangati District Police Commander James Kawalya was ‘assaulted’ by journalists as Besigye was being arrested from his home.

The DPC was on Monday swarmed by angry reporters, majorly foreign, who demanded that he takes action against one of his officers who pepper sprayed one of their colleagues.

The unidentified Police officers (had no tag) sprayed liquefied pepper in the eyes of AFP photojournalist Isaac Kasamani in the scuffle, blinding him momentarily.

Enraged by this action, fellow journalists surrounded the Kasangati DPC, asking why he simply looked on as all this happened.

The two international journalists were recorded on camera abusing the police officer with one saying the cops as a “bunch of jokers.”

In last night’s statement, the IGP strongly condemned the “violent” attack by journalists on his officer, “who, in spite of the attacks, kept cool, and a calm demeanor.”

By the DPC’s conduct Kayihura stressed, he actually disproved the unacceptable insults journalists were hurling at him.

The police boss thus revealed that his men were currently investigating this incident and preparing to take the necessary action.

“We are reviewing the video footage of that incident, after which appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

“Contrary to propaganda in the media, in all our actions, Police have acted lawfully, professionally, conducted ourselves with utmost restraint in the face of incredible provocation.”

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