By Kiyimba Bruno
It was time to witness drama as law and media activists put on spot the Uganda police force spokesperson Mr. Emilian Kayima over the continued mishandling of media by the police.
Kayima opened up the battle by pinning media towards reporting what he called fake news.
He sighted out the Redpepper publications for publishing wrong information about him. He also denied that police does not mistreat media but instead advise practitioners to know their boundaries.
This attracted very many participants to react more especially media and law activists saying that police has done more harm than good in mistreating the media personals.
Mr. Tom Malaba, one of the media activists as well as a victim of police brutality said that it is sad to see Uganda moving towards a negative direction instead of going forward.
“I personally have been oppressed and embarrassed to the extent that I had to fly out of Uganda. But it is sad that no one from either my work place or police came out to rescue me out of this mess from Nairobi” said Malaba.
The dialogue took place at the Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala where the UNESCO program officer for culture and communication Mr Daniel Kawesi emphasized the need to educate media on their rights as well as doing factual reporting.
The president of the Uganda Law Society Mr Simon Peter Kinobe closed the function by requesting the Uganda police to work hand in hand with the media.
Kinobe also promised to give the relevant aid to the media in terms of law so that they can be helped.