By Watchdog reporter
Police officers attached to Kira Road police station on Wednesday descended on the driver of Buganda Broadcasting Corporation (BBS TV), punched him on the face, dragged him on the road before throwing him in the cells for following Dr Kizza Besigye.
Mr Costerious Kiwanuka, a driver of reporters at the Mengo based BBS television had just dropped reporters at Kira Road police where Kizza Besigye had been dropped on Wednesday, when two police officers came out to ask him why he was filming.
“I have no camera to film anything,” said Kiwanuka told the officers who had pointed guns at him.
The next thing Kiwanuka got were punches on his face, before they dragged him on the road leaving him with bloodletting bruises on his hands.
Kiwanuka feared for his life, and when he was released, he could not lodge a complaint with the same police.
Watchdog understand that Kiwanuka returned with his manager Mr Tony Muwangala and police declined to record his statement, but, asked him to return the following day.
The driver narrated his ordeal on Zukuuka morning show on BBS, hosted by Omugave Maurice Mukiibi.
Mr Mukiibi said “it was a disgrace for police to manhandle an innocent person like Kiwanuka. We offer police airtime here, and I wonder how officers could not tell this man was driving with reporters!” The talk show host complained about officers pointing guns at civilians and called upon police officers to work well with journalists”.
This is not the first time police officers are manhandling journalists. Journalists of WBS Andrew Lwanga is nursing a broken spine after he was beaten by a police officer in Old Kampala, while Remmy Bahati of NBS television has faced similar humiliation at the hands of the police.