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Uganda Police Clobbers Journalists on World Press Freedom Day.

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Police on Wednesday morning clobbered  and arrested 6 journalists who were marching in Commemoration of the World Press Freedom day in Kampala.

According to  Kenneth Kazibwe  of ChimpReports  These were picked up for trying to express dismay against the leadership of their association, the Ugandan Journalists Association (UJA).

Led by Secretary General, Moses Bayola, a group of 25 cabinet members of UJA Executive broke off from the leadership of President Robert Kagolo, who they accuse of embezzling funds meant to run activities of the association.

The group today decided to organize parallel celebrations at Emerald Hotel starting with a march from the Independence Monument near Sheraton hotel (as the rest of UJA held theirs at Imperial Royale Hotel).

These were however, intercepted and dispersed by police before six of them were beaten and arrested.

The arrested are Ronald Kabuye (Metro Fm), Issa Kigongo (Bilal FM), Jonathan Atusingwize (Pearl Fm), Ronald Bukenya (Innerman fm), Daniel Mukisa and Isa Nakabale (Urban TV).The reporters were protesting against corruption in their own associationThe reporters were protesting against corruption in their own associationBrutality

Police was again on the spot for brutalizing the journalists during the arrest on Wednesday.

During the arrest, Urban Tv reporter Isa Nakabale was beaten and his trousers torn. The officers threw him to the ground and treaded upon him before hurling him onto a waiting police truck.

The six were taken and locked up at a police post near the Post Office along Kampala road.

“I will find out why they have been arrested,” Kayima the Kampala Metropolitan said in a phone interview with Chimpreports.

This year’s celebrations are organised under the  them; Critical Times; media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

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