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Journalists body (UJA) lashes at security organs for interrupting scribes’ movements

By Kabuye Ronald

Uganda journalists association (UJA) has lashed at the security organs for superseding President Yoweri Kagutta Museveni’s directive of allowing journalists to move and duly execute their lawful duties during the ongoing 42 days lockdown announced on Friday last week.

According to the association president Mathias Ruknundo, police and the sister security agencies harassed and interrupted journalists who were on lawful duties in the guise of implementing presidential directives on Covid 19.

“To the best of our knowledge during his address, the president cleared journalists and mass media to use employment identity cards, but to our utter shock despite having their IDs many were today stopped on many roads, those with cars parked questioned for hours allegedly enforcing “New” orders .This entirely defeats President’s directive but also an infringement on journalists rights” read Rukundo’s statement in parts

Rukundo called upon the leadership of the security apparatus to reveal details of orders that supersedes the president’s if any but also prevail over the errant officers.

He further urged scribes and the general public to follow and practice the standard operating procedures against Covid 19 which include putting on masks, keeping social distance, washing hands and observing the president’s directives.

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