A day after the outrageous attack on journalists at the premises of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces have in a Thursday statement relayed their apologies to the victimised pressmen.

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In a statement delivered by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi this morning, the army said what happened on Wednesday was ‘tragic and regrettable.’ CDF Muhoozi however attributes blame to the journalists whom he says could not easily identify themselves to the soldiers at the time of the tragedy. “As army we follow protocol. If you fail to identify yourself in times of conflict, you end up being caught between the lines,” he said. He adds that even journalists who follow the NUP party principal Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine call for their own trouble. “You know he is under security watch and you choose to cover him all the time. That means you are inviting trouble for yourself,” he adds.

Asked if the involved military forces would be apprehended for their brutality as urged by the UN Wednesday evening statement, the CDF said they are to first make investigations to understand who could have been in the wrong.

At least seven journalists were severely injured in the run battles between the military police and some supporters of NUP who had come to delivee a petition to the UNHRC offices in Kololo, Kampala. The Uganda Journalists Association has already issued a condemnation statement decrying the rampant violence meted out on journalists during the electoral and post-elections season.

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