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Army Commander orders arrest of Sololdiers who attacks journalists in Uganda

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Gen David Muhoozi, the Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has ordered the arrest and punishment of soldiers who brutalised and harassed journalists who were covering a joint security operation against protestors who were on Monday demanding the release of jailed politicians including Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.



The order comes after widespread local and global condemnation of UPDF soldiers’ brutality and harassment of journalists who were covering the recent political campaigns in Arua Municipality which led to the arrest of politicians and riots in several parts of Kampala city on Monday.

A statement issued Tuesday by the Defence and Army Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire said the leadership of the army condemned the soldiers’ brutality.

“Attention has been brought to the leadership of the UPDF about the unprofessional conduct of the soldiers who molested some journalists while deployed on a joint operation in the capital city on Monday 20th August 2018.

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“UPDF wishes to express its displeasure over such behaviour by those individuals, and as a result, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) has ordered their arrest and punishment,” the spokesman said.

The journalists who faced the wrath of the soldiers are Juma Kiirya, Herbert Zziwa, Ronald Muwanga, Ronald Galiwango (all from NTV), Julius Bakabaage (NBS), James Akena (Reuters), Samuel Kyambadde (Metro FM) and another one identified as Richard from Ghetto TV.

“While expressing apologies and sympathies to the individuals on whom pain was inflicted, we wish to reiterate our strong commitment to maintain a strong partnership with the media fraternity in the course of executing all our core functions as laid out in the Constitution,” Brig Karemire said.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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