AP journalist pepper sprayed over Besigye arrest photos


Associated Press journalist has been pepper sprayed in Kasangati as he tried to take pictures of police arresting opposition leader, Kizza Besigye.

The Associated Press is an American multinational non-profit news agency headquartered in New York City.

Journalist Isaac Kasamani was among the many journalists pepper sprayed by plain clothed security agents as he tried to photograph the arrest of FDC leader Kizza Besigye outside his Kasangati home on Monday, February 22, 2016.

According to Uganda Radio Network, Besigye was trying to drive or walk to the Electoral Commission to pick up the 2016 presidential election results as declared by EC.

Police immediately denied the security agent is part of the force.

A police officer said the agent had come with the journalists though journalists said they had not come with him.

Earlier, there was a heavy police deployment at Besigye’s home as he was expected to try to walk to the Electoral Commission to pick up EC declaration forms of the presidential election results.

In an interview on Sunday evening with NTV, FDC spokesperson Ssemujju Nganda had said the party wanted copies

of the documents to study them and compare the EC results with their own figures tallied by FDC EC.


Police had issued a press

release saying it had not received notification from the FDC that it intends to stage a public procession.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they would stop the procession because it would interfere with daily life of Kampala residents.

Police noted that many parents are returning children to school and various local government elections are still on-going.

When Besigye tried to leave his home, he was arrested and transported to Nagalama Police Station.

For several years now, journalists often sustain injuries while covering sensitive political events like demonstrations by opposition politicians.


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