Soldiers captured on video brutalizing DP supporter are Opposition agents, says Tumwebaze

Sunday October 21 2018

The suspects at court. PHOTO BY UPDF ON

The suspects at court. PHOTO BY UPDF ON FACEBOOK  

By Monitor Reporter

The Information Technology and Communications minister, Mr Frank Tumwebaze has lauded the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for the arrest of soldiers accused of brutally arresting a Democratic Party (DP) supporter in Kampala on Thursday.

ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze

ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze

A video in which five armed soldiers wearing civilian clothes brutalized Yusuf Kawooya, a member of the DP affiliate, Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) before arresting him, in what many believed was kidnap, in the centre of Kampala City on Thursday, went viral on social media and left many outraged.

The five suspects one of whom has been identified as Cpl Daniel Ssenkungu appeared before the Mbuya based UPDF Unit Disciplinary Court chaired by Colonel Tom Kabuye and pleaded guilty to charges of unprofessional conduct.

In his response, minister Tumwebazze described the suspects as enemy collaborators plotting within to tarnish the name of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) with the intention of giving credence to anti-government propaganda.

“I thank the leadership of UPDF for tracing and bringing to book those characters. I insist those fellows must be enemy-collaborators plotting within to tarnish the name of NRM and give credence to anti-government propaganda. Let's be aware and expose enemy agents,” he tweeted on Saturday.

However, this is not the first time security agents are seen brutalizing civilians in broad day light.

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