2020 NEWS CATEGORY WINNERS
1st Place, News
Female police officers drag prominent Ugandan academic Dr. Stella Nyanzi to a waiting police van near Buganda Road court in Ugandans capital, Kampala, during a protest against the conditions of the government-mandated nationwide lockdown. The protesters were calling for removal of a number of restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Nyanzi said that the prevailing measures have created an apartheid state and occasioned avoidable suffering upon many Ugandans, especially women, low-income earners and ordinary citizens. Dr. Nyanzi was arrested with four others and detained at Central police station in Kampala.
2nd Place, News
A Local Defence Unit soldier runs after a man found selling masks and hand sanitizers on the street in downtown Kampala on March 26, 2020. The soldiers had been deployed on streets across the country to disperse crowds and ensure that guidelines to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic were being followed. The previous day, President Museveni had announced a number of preventive measures. One of them was that street vendors were to suspend their activities unless selling food.
3rd Place, News
Hit in the Face
Supporters of the opposition 'People Power' group share a moment as they rinse their eyes with water to remove the tear gas that was fired by police at their base in Kamwokya, Kampala on 14th July 2020. They had been escorting the convoys of their chosen candidates when the police moved to disperse them. The police claimed to be enforcing a presidential directive on COVID-19 which bans political gatherings.
Honourable Mention, News
A protestor is pictured at the only Black Lives Matter protest held in Uganda. The protests was dispersed by the Uganda police, who arrested a number of participants on the basis that they were flouting presidential directives aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 in Kampala. The arrested protesters were interrogated at length before being released.
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