Ugandan military detains soldiers over beating lawmakers, journalists

FILE PHOTO: Somali government soldiers trained by the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) team march during their passing out ceremony at Bihanga army training camp, 368 km (230 miles) west of Uganda's capital Kampala, February 1, 2013. Five hundred fifty one Somali soldiers, trained for seven months in urban combat skills by the EUTM, graduated on Friday and are now ready for deployment back in their home country, according to a media release by the EU Kampala offices. REUTERS/James Akena (UGANDA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

The Ugandan military on Thursday said it has detained and questioned a number of soldiers for allegedly torturing five lawmakers, scores of their supporters and roughing up journalists.

Richard Karemire, Uganda’s military spokesperson, said the soldiers were questioned for torturing lawmakers Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, Francis Zaake, Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru, Kassiano Wadri and 28 others over the alleged stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy on Aug. 13.

Karemire said other soldiers are being held for roughing up journalists on Aug. 20 while covering riots in the capital Kampala sparked off by the arrests of the lawmakers.

“The inquiry going on will determine the way they will be brought to book.

“The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) promised that you (media and public) will be informed (of action taken),” said Karemire.

David Muhoozi, chief of CDF on Aug. 22 ordered for the arrests and punishments of the indisciplined officers who roughed up journalists covering the riots that left one person dead and 173 others arrested. (Xinhua/NAN)

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