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Diplomats 'disturbed' by brutality meted out to Arua suspects

MP Zaake bearing hallmarks of torture

Foreign missions in the country are “deeply concerned” and "disturbed" by government’s brutal treatment of arrested members of parliament, journalists and citizens following clashes between opposition supporters and presidential guards in Arua district.

Over 35 people including MPs, journalists and other civilians were roundly arrested, some allegedly tortured by presidential guards and other security operatives when opposition supporters allegedly stoned President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade in Arua district on Monday this week ahead of the Wednesday by-election. 

MPs; Robert Kyagulanyi (Kyadondo East), who has since been arraigned before a military court in Gulu and charged with illegal possession of firearms, and Francis Zaake (Mityana) are reportedly in very critical condition after they were allegedly tortured by security operatives while in detention Gulu district.

Zaake, also in worrying health condition was today dumped at the gates of Lubaga hospital by unknown people.

Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago who visited Kyagulanyi said his health condition has worsened and called on Ugandans to pray so hard for his quick recovery.  

Other suspects have also claimed they were tortured by security operatives with one female suspect reportedly now passing out blood from her private parts. Kyagulanyi has been charged with illegal possession of firearms while other suspects have been charged with treason. Kyagulanyi was remanded to Makindye military prison till August 23 while others were remanded to Gulu main prison until August 30. 

Yesterday, protests over the treatment of the MPs - particularly Bobi Wine broke out in the slums of Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb which is home to the Fire Base Crew, a group of youthful artists led by the legislator aka ‘Ghetto president’. Several youths were roundly arrested as the protests entered into a second day today, Friday.

In a joint statement issued today by the European Union and heads of missions from the Austrian, Belgium, Danish, French, Germany, Irish, Italian, Swedish, British, Norwegian and Iceland embassies, the diplomats said are “deeply concerned with events that have occurred before and after the Arua municipality by-election” won by independent candidate Kassiano Wadri. 

“The violence marring the day before the polls, the lack of accredited domestic observers, the reported brutal treatment of elected Members of the Uganda Parliament, journalists and civilians, as well as the loss of human life are very disquieting events. There is no room for repression nor violence in a modern democratic Uganda.” the statement further reads.

The statement further said the events have caused “much suffering to citizens and have damaged the global image if Uganda.”

The diplomats called on government, political parties and civil society to ensure that respect for rule of law and individual rights is swiftly and transparently addressed. Likewise the US Embassy in Uganda also in a statement issued today, said it was disturbed by the events in Arua, Kampala and Gulu.

“All of those detained have the right to humane treatment, due process, access to lawyers and to their families, and a prompt, fair, and transparent trial. Those who need medical attention should be granted immediate access to a doctor of their choice. We urge the Government to show the world that Uganda respects its constitution and the human rights of all of its citizens.”

Comments

+3 #21 Budapest 2018-08-18 07:51
These so called diplomats should not divert us from the real issues we should be taking about.

We should all stand up and condemn the torture meted out to any Ugandan regardless of religion, tribe, party affiliation and for that matter, crime. It just doesn't abode well for the kind of country that we are all trying to build.

However, and this must be made clear, this is not the first time that people are being tortured only that now its an individual who for all intents and purposes is supposed to be untouchable.

The Muslims arrested in the Kawesi murder trial were beaten and tortured, or even the mayor of kamwengye for the same crime but we didn't see this kind of uproar from the diplomats or fellow Ugandans

We should desist from this attitude of making it seem like some things can happen to other people but shouldn't not happen to others. We need to condemn these kind of acts regardless of who is involved.
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-1 #22 Wanaichi 2018-08-18 10:09
I sense Budapest must be foreign diplomat interfering into Uganda business.

Where have they been when Iraq, Syria, Egypt,Turkey were on fire. They should pull their noses out of Uganda and look for business opportunity Uganda offers and uplift the living standards of 4o and odd Ugandans who are struggling to make their country and lives better Have they toured Uganda and saw its potential and offer investments?

No, but they put their dirty noses in Uganda politics untill the day comes some are expelled as ex European commissar who was kicked in his butt and shown red card out of Uganda.

Same will be with other buggers who do things out of their diplomatic duties. Shame on those pigs who stir trouble in the Pearl of Africa.Neera
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+1 #23 Kayumba 2018-08-18 12:31
These are good for nothing thieves who thrives on looting Africa's resources in cohort with our dictators.

I despise these diplomats some of whom I have met and confessed that they are just about political stability.

I here the silly talk of presidential motocade: What is a presidential motocade compared to life?

We shall buy new ones, but cannot replace life. Those cars can even burn but we cannot replace life. So cut that crap of presidential motocade
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+3 #24 Zaitun 2018-08-18 14:03
What did you write, that diplomats are disturbed by the brutality meted out to Arua suspects?

Who are these diplomats if not the representatives of those same countries that connived against Ugandans right after the WW II?

Ugandans should not expect to be saved by the west, who had planed to give out the country as a resettlent area for the Jews after WW II had it not been for the hard fight of Btish PM, Churchill.

We would now be in the place of Palestinians, getting shot at will like antilopes; but that is exactly what Museveni is doing now.
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+3 #25 Zaitun 2018-08-18 14:05
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Have you forgotten that it was the so-called relif agencies transporting arms for your M7?

When he lost élections to Besigye last time, what was the reaction of the west, especially the US?

Never forget that M7 is the chief CIA agent in the Great Lakes Region after replacing Mobutu.

Liberation of Uganda is our own affair and we must do it for the better of our future generation, or by the time we Wake, everything will have been lost to Asians and Europeans- I mean necessary resources for development.

A white man has no friends but only his interests matter!! M7 knows that, that is why he continues to kill us at ease.
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0 #26 Fre 2018-08-18 15:35
Diplomats disturbed by brutality meted out to Arua suspect:

1. After this disturbance, what are they going to do about it? Remain disturbed?

2. Do they think this is the first time it has happened?

3. Is there is any course of action?
4. If they cannot do anything then we feel sorry for them and they should seek counselling back from their home countries
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0 #27 Fre 2018-08-18 15:41
Diplomats 'disturbed' by brutality meted out to Arua suspects:

Can this be categorised as Crime against Humanity?
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-1 #28 Odongkara 2018-08-18 18:09
It is totally unacceptable that a member of the public, more so peoples' representatives (MPs), should be ill-treated in such a manner.

It is also appalling that they should be manhandled by the very people who are supposed to be prioritising their safety.
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+1 #29 Steven Nsubuga 2018-08-19 01:35
People MUST direct their anger at these so called diplomats who have sponsored this dictatorship for all these years.

The US, EU, UK are the real culprits in all this. I know they don't care no matter how many AFRICANS get killed, but oh YES, the dictator they have sponsored and continue to sponsor is now torturing, maiming and murdering civilians!!!!.
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0 #30 Lakwena 2018-08-20 08:11
Quoting Wanaichi:
I sense Budapest must be foreign diplomat interfering into Uganda business.

Where have they been when Iraq, Syria, Egypt,Turkey were on fire. They should pull their noses out of Uganda and look for business opportunity Uganda offers and uplift the living standards of 4o and odd Ugandans who are struggling to make their country and lives better Have they toured Uganda and saw its potential and offer investments?

No, but they put their dirty noses in Uganda politics untill the day comes some are expelled as ex European commissar who was kicked in his butt and shown red card out of Uganda.

Same will be with other buggers who do things out of their diplomatic duties. Shame on those pigs who stir trouble in the Pearl of Africa.Neera


In other words, NAKASERO has forgotten to take is pills and has relapsed into drooling all sorts of nonsense once again.
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