Youth Coalition Coordinator Arrested over Hunger Strike

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Augustine Ojobile, the coordinator of Youth Coalition for Change stormed the police headquarters with a pillow and a mat saying he would pitch camp at the location until the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura resigns.

Police in Kampala have arrested and detained Augustine Ojobile, the coordinator of a pressure group Youth Coalition for Change (YCC), for illegally camping at Naguru police headquarters. Ojobile, a resident of Kampala was protesting against police brutality.

He stormed the police headquarters with a pillow and a mat saying he would pitch camp at the location until the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura resigns or is arraigned before a competent court for trial.

His action is based on the recent scandalous beating of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye's supporters in the suburbs of Kampala.

Ojobile told journalists that he is dismayed by the trial of junior police officers before the Police disciplinary court saying that the trial should also target senior commanders of the force who issued orders for such unbecoming behavior. He says the trial is unjust.

But Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says Ojobile was arrested for disrupting work at the police headquarters when he camped at the main entrance attracting crowds.
 
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Nine police officers were arraigned before the police disciplinary court and charged with misconduct.  They include Osula Kato, Willy Kalyango, Bernard Muhangi, Moses Agaba, Robert Wamala and Dan Tandeka, a Crime Preventer.

Also charged were commanders SSP Andrew Kaggwa, the Kampala South Regional Police Commander, SSP Samuel Bamuzibire the FFU Commander, SP Moses Nanoka, DPC Wandegeya and ASP Patrick Muhumuza, the head of Katwe Field Force Police.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.