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Aswa Police Apologizes For Assault on Journalist


Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional police spokesperson has apologized for the actions of some errant police officers in Kitgum district who on Thursday night assaulted a journalist covering an operation to close down bars amidst threats of the Corona Virus Disease [COVID-19] pandemic.

Julius Ocungi, a journalist with the Uganda Radio Network, an online news agency, was assaulted by police on March 19th March and his camera damaged.

Okema says police has launched investigation into the incident.

Okema Jimmy Patrick. the Aswa river region police spokesperson

According to Ocungi, he was assaulted by police officers for taking a photo of a woman who was resisting arrest for defying presidential directives.

President Museveni while addressing the nation on Wednesday says merry-making places like discos, dances, bars among others are very dangerous gathering points in the wake of corona Virus disease.

Also suspended for a month are learning in all educational institutions, religious, cultural and political gatherings, weddings, conferences and funerals among others.

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