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Minister Otafiire orders police to probe NUP over 'fake' torture victims

Minister Kahinda Otafiire commissioning police houses

Minister Kahinda Otafiire commissioning police houses

Internal Affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has ordered police to probe leaders of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party for allegedly parading fake torture victims at a UN human rights conference in Kenya last month.

According to Otafiire, some of the pictures that were paraded were victims of boda boda accident crashes. The conference in Kenya was attended by some of Uganda's opposition key figures including NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, Dr Kizza Besigye and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) national coordinator, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, former leader of opposition Winnie Kiiza among others.

Kyagulanyi in his speech indicated that the government was torturing citizens for political reasons. He utilized the chance to parade some of the alleged victims of gruesome acts by state agencies.  

"These were boda boda accident victims. The government does not drive boda boda and it has never put anyone on boda boda. I have directed the crime intelligence director to look for these people and hand them to the CID director [Brig Gen Chris Damulira] so that they can be taken to court," Gen Otafiire said on Thursday at the sidelines after commissioning police housing units. 

In response, NUP secretary-general, Lewis Rubongoya, said they have never hired people to disguise themselves as torture victims. Rubongoya added that some of the victims have been injured by police teargas and police have on several occasions issued statements admitting that people were injured by their officers. 

Rubongoya tasked Otafiire and all security agencies to identify people they took to the UN conference on Uganda's human rights status that they are victims of boda boda crashes. 

"There were no victims of accidents. In any case, some of them are in the police reports. Like a young man of Makerere who was hit with a teargas canister. There's no need for investigations and all of them are there, they should tell us who was a victim of accidents," Rubongoya said. 

But Otafiire said that the alleged torture victim masqueraders should be charged with treason as well as the people who paraded them. Between 2020 and 2021, several people subscribing to the People Power Movement which metamorphosed into NUP were abducted, and held incommunicado for several months but resurfaced with heinous injuries all over their bodies.

Former CMI commander, Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, who was transferred to Uganda Police Force to serve as chief of joint staff barely a year ago, was sanctioned by the United States on grounds of having directed or personally participated in abductions and torturing of Ugandans because of their political affiliation.


+3 #1 Musoke 2022-12-09 05:11
These NRM people pretend not to see what's happening. With all the kidnappings and killings, how can you say they're boda boda accidents?? Luckily, we see and know the truth.
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+2 #2 jose 2022-12-09 06:38
The problem will arise when people like kavuma n mwanje come up with evidence
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+2 #3 jose 2022-12-09 07:06
Otafiire!! Did you know that ur boss nabbanja, n ur deputy speaker were meeting to find where the boys cmi have abducted
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+3 #4 Remase 2022-12-09 07:57
Fellow Ugandans, what is new in what Otafirr said? This is the norm is Uganda.

Anyone who stands against M7 snd has the potential to attract the support of the people is changed for treason, including their supporters. It all started with Besigye.

Otafirr made it absolutely clear that they, govt, don torture anyone and those who claim so are liers, and those who say so should all be charged with treason. Again, what's new?

Kakwenza is one of those who was tortured because he exposed M7 of torturing and killing innocent people simply because they oppose M7 and need change. However, Kyagulanyi claims that he has done something new because he came to make us jump!
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-1 #5 Remase 2022-12-09 08:20
Fellow Ugandans, could someone tell me what's new? I men, if anything, not only has Otafire made it clear that anyone who opposes and/or talks about those who are innocently tortured or killed because of their political views should continue to charged with/for treason, then tortured or killed.

And Kyagulanyi says that he will also continue to make us jump until Jesus comes back! So, it's a contest between M7, who is determined, as Otafire has made it clear, to continue torturing and killing innocent people and either deny or call it boda boda accidents and Kyagulanyi, who is determined to make us jump until Jesus comes back. Who is winning? M7.
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-1 #6 Remase 2022-12-09 08:35
As Kyagulanyi is bussy making us jump until Jesus comes back and/or for life, M7 is also bussy making certain that his family, relatives and tribesmen [Otafires] own Uganda for life.

That's clearly in the front page headline of the Observer article about Muhoozi M7. As M7 and Kyagulanyi are enjoying their contest, we, the people are continuing to languish in despire! When will it end? Bob Marley (RIP) sings, "Total destruction!"
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2022-12-09 09:04
In other words, blame and investigate the victims but not the perpetrators.

Otherwise, "Police investigating" and or "intelligence reports" are dirty phrases in Uganda, uttered by dressed up, self-confessed, accomplished and certified state criminals against humanity perpetrators.
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+1 #8 WADADA rogers 2022-12-09 09:27
DId he say fake, may be exaggerated but there is no doubt kidnaps are everywhere is this country and security agencies are to blame
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0 #9 Miko 2022-12-10 21:40
Asking the police/security agencies to investigate themselves, particularly in countries that do not strictly adhere to the Rule of Law, is like asking turkeys to vote for Xmas..
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0 #10 kasede 2022-12-11 15:27
Quoting Musoke:
These NRM people pretend not to see what's happening. With all the kidnappings and killings, how can you say they're boda boda accidents?? Luckily, we see and know the truth.

Correct. BUT, I ask: Where were you guys when the same was happening up North and elsewhere in Uganda. Surely, the cockrels have matured and gone back to roost where they were orinally harched.
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