NTV Uganda journalist Ali Mivule has accused a senior police officer of trying to kill him.
“Police, your Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander (RPC) Enoch Abaine almost ended my life today,” he tweeted.
“Abaine you shot at me – reason, filming your misdeeds of shooting at people.”
He added: “Hope you have now got your satisfaction of harming the messengers.”
Ali Mivule sustained injuries when a teargas canister was directly shot at him at Kyabakuza trading centre in Masaka municipality on Sunday.
He was treated at Mukwaya Medical Centre in Masaka town.
According to Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, it was still ASP Abaine who aimed and fired at Ghetto Media cameraman Ashraf Kasirye.
The Uganda Editors Guild issued a statement condemning the actions of security forces.
Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth tweeted:
“Ugandan police shot a TV cameraman, now in critical condition, as they dispersed supporters of President Museveni’s main challenger in next month’s election, @HEBobiWine. It’s as if the authorities don’t want journalists covering their repression.”
“Ugandan police also injured another clearly identified TV journalist when a tear gas canister hit his leg. He is in stable condition. A @HEBobiWine bodyguard, who was transporting the first severely injured journalist, was killed in disputed circumstances,” he added.
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