By Ivan Mwine
The leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, has lashed out at security forces over the severe torture of suspects who were arrested in connection with the attempted assassination of Gen. Katumba Wamala last month.
Five suspects appeared at the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court Thursday morning to face charges that include among others murder, terrorism and attempted murder.
However, almost all the suspects showed torture marks and fresh wounds sustained while in the hands of security forces during interrogation, which has prompted Bobi Wine to castigate the government and security forces at large for what he termed as endless torture of suspects in custody.
In a statement he published on Facebook and his other social media platforms, Bobi Wine, who shared images of the tortured suspects said thus about the matter;
“These are images of Ugandans who were arrested by security forces two weeks back and detained in unknown places. They were accused of being behind the attack on Gen. Katumba Wamala a few weeks back. Five of these people (numbers 4 to 8 on this charge sheet) were apparently killed ‘during investigations.’”
He added that; “Following attempts by lawyers to have them produced in court, they were brought before a magistrate in Nakawa today. This is how they appeared! They told court how they were severely tortured, while their tormentors demanded that they confess to have attacked Gen. Katumba! What sort of nonsense is this?”
“Our Constitution and other international laws to which Uganda is a signatory condemn torture under any and all circumstances. It is criminal to extract information from suspects through torture. Dictator Museveni and his regime of blood have specialised in torturing citizens with impunity, each day going from bad to worse. What is more unfortunate is that many countries in the world continue to hobnob with such a brutal regime and give them money, most of which they steal and use to buy equipment which they use to torture and kill our people,” Bobi Wine, who is currently in the USA on a working tour, continued.
He concluded by saying that; “It is the duty of every Ugandan to say ENOUGH. Unfortunately many people have tended to think they are safe, until their loved one or they themselves are taken through these horrendous ordeals. We must also continue to demand that nations and institutions which continue to support the illegitimate regime in Kampala stop. We have told them and we continue to tell them to stop funding our oppression.”
However, the police are yet to speak out about the allegations of torturing suspects in the Gen. Katumba shooting because by press time they had not yet issued an official statement about the same.