Police has denied beating up journalists who were covering the strike at Makerere University claiming that the beating was done by a group of people in plain clothes who have no connection with the police.
Yesterday a number of journalists who were covering the strike were beaten. Some are nursing wounds.
According to the sources, some journalist have now started receiving phone threats and in some of these calls, they are being threatened with retaliatory action for their coverage of the activities at Makerere university.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango denied the allegations levelled against the police.
He said the force is not in cahoots with the group of people who beat up journalists while carrying out their duties.
“I am not aware of that incident, and it was not brought to my attention. The incident of some people who are in plain clothes, I am not aware of them and I don’t know them and we don’t know them,”he said.
Onyango said that the group of people who were moving around battering journalists during the protest could have acted on their own.
“Our tactical base are here. Everybody who comes as a security personnel even he/she is in intelligence services they first have to report here at our office and they tell us why or what they have come to do here so that the force gets to know them,”he said.