Walk-to-Work Awards

Often times while covering riots or demonstrations, you awkwardly get yourself in a very compromising position. In short, getting yourself in arms away.

Then INTERNAL affairs minister Ali Kirunda Kivejinja was awarded “MOST DISGRACEFUL AND SHAMELESS LIAR”

Then INTERNAL affairs minister Ali Kirunda Kivejinja was awarded “MOST DISGRACEFUL AND SHAMELESS LIAR”

The return of the Walk to Work campaign, re-launched in a predictable manner. Gun shots, teargas, baton bangs and of course the most interesting part, observing people take-cover.

When the violence started in Nyendo Masaka, I was trapped in between Police and protestors. It was such an uncomfortable location. On one hand, you have protestors hauling stones at police as police replied with gun shots and teargas.

So in my position, I received a token of both reactions; stones and teargas. While such positions are goldmine for pictures, I was freaked out that I hardly got a meaningful shot.

On one hand, I was protecting my cameras and on the other, my head. Mix it with teargas, and you are totally exposed to both. I got away lucky

But that was one side to the event that happened in Masaka. The other was awarding of certificates to key government and security figures that were in charge of quelling the walk to work protests, be it peaceful or violent.

Among them: Kabakumba Matsiko, Kale Kayihura, Kirunda Kiveijinja and Bwana Arinaitwe Gilbert.

Bwana, Arinaitwe Gilbert was given an EXCELLENCE award in “TORTURE METHODS FAR EXCEEDING HUMAN EXPECTIONS”

Bwana, Arinaitwe Gilbert was given an EXCELLENCE award in “TORTURE METHODS FAR EXCEEDING HUMAN EXPECTIONS”

 

And so Judith Nabakoba, the Police Spokeswoman takes home the award for “THE WORLDS BEST FABRICATOR” in recognition of what A4C says ‘her ability to lie with a straight face’

And so Judith Nabakoba, the Police Spokeswoman takes home the award for “THE WORLDS BEST FABRICATOR” in recognition of what A4C says ‘her ability to lie with a straight face’

 

The Police took home another award. This time to the IGP- Kale Kayihura in the category of ‘Excellency in Murder’ in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in presiding over murdering innocent Ugandans.

The Police took home another award. This time to the IGP- Kale Kayihura in the category of ‘Excellency in Murder’ in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment in presiding over murdering innocent Ugandans.

 

Kizza Besigye arrives for the candle lit memorial service in Nyendo, Masaka before it turned rowdy. He was dressed in mourning colours

Kizza Besigye arrives for the candle lit memorial service in Nyendo, Masaka before it turned rowdy. He was dressed in mourning colours

 

Kizza Besigye, opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) lights a candle in remembrance of the Walk-to-Work victims during a memorial rally. The rally was also used to re-launch the Walk-to-Work campaign

Kizza Besigye, opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) lights a candle in remembrance of the Walk-to-Work victims during a memorial rally. The rally was also used to re-launch the Walk-to-Work campaign

 

RANDOM SHOT: This is a random shot I took while covering the re-launch of Walk-to-Work in Nyendo Masaka. I have a way with kids and that’s why I would not spare snapping this little girl

RANDOM SHOT: This is a random shot I took while covering the re-launch of Walk-to-Work in Nyendo Masaka. I have a way with kids and that’s why I would not spare snapping this little girl

 

When  tension gripped Nyendo, people started walking with hands raised. In short, surrendering.

When the tension gripped Nyendo, people started walking with hands raised. In short, surrendering.

 

…and when the tension eased, Kizza Besigye was ushered out of Masaka with full force.

…and when the tension eased, Kizza Besigye was ushered out of Masaka with full combat force.

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