By Rehemah Nabbuye
Workers’ Legislators have demanded for compensation of journalists who were recently brutalized by security forces during the protest against the continued detention and alleged torture of MP Robert Kyagulanyi.
Legislators led by Margret Rwabushaija, Ngora County MP, David Abala, Kasambya County MP, Mbwatekamwa Gafa and Agnes Kunihira described the images that came out showing security forces clobbering journalists as disgusting.
Rwabushaija said Journalists are professional workers who do a lot of work in informing the public about current affairs, and that beating them and destroying their equipment violates their rights and freedom to provide information.
Rwabushaija adds that the public watched with dismay the brutal manner in which security forces descended on our members such as James Akena, Herbert Ziwa, Ronald Galiwango among others and battered them senselessly while covering the recent riots in the city and Arua arising out
She called upon government to address the root cause of the riots adding that Journalists are not the cause of the riots, brutalizing them will not solve the underlying causes of the riots in the country.
Rwabushaija said Journalists belong to the Trade Union Movement and it’s a responsibility of Mps as their elected representatives in Parliament to protect and promote a healthy and secure environment in which they can practice their trade in peace within the country.
Agnes Kunihira noted that despite the apologies from the armed forces, government still needs to do more to ensure that they offer medical treatment to those that were affected as well as compensating them of any damaged equipment.