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No, Ugandan police spokesperson didn’t ‘hit a journalist’ with a catapult for ‘asking irrelevant question’

A photo of Ugandan police spokesperson Fred Enanga aiming a catapult is circulating on Facebook in March 2022 with the claim that he “hit a journalist” with the weapon.

“Newly appointed Uganda police spokesman hits News reporter with a caterpult for asking irrelevant question,” the caption reads.

The catapult Enanga is holding doesn’t seem to be loaded. But is the claim true? We checked.


Press conference on illegally imported catapults

A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo is almost a year old.

It appears in several news reports from April 2021, on the Ugandan police probing the source and motive for illegally imported catapults.

Its caption reads: “Fred Enanga showing how some of the recovered catapults are being used.”

The photo is also in a press statement on the Uganda Police Force website, dated 12 April 2021.

And we found a news clip of the press conference, produced by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation

The claim is false.

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