FDC slams gov’t over torture, rising sugar prices

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Policemen detain a supporter of opposition leader Kizza Besigye near his office in Kampala, Uganda February 19, 2016. Ugandan police shot in the air and fired tear gas at opposition protesters in several parts of southern Kampala on Friday, a Reuters witness said, after the presidential election a day earlier. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX27OYT

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party has condemned the recent arrest and torture of Kamwenge town council mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama.

Byamukama is suspected of having a hand in the murder o

f former police chief, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body-guard Kenneth Erau and driver Geoffrey Mambewa.

Police spokesman, Asan Kasingye, says Byamukama was arrested from the Ministry of Lands office along Parliament Avenue on April 5, 2017.

Overzealous police officers; Fred Tumuhiirwe and Ronnie Byenkya, tortured Byamukama and later dumped him at Nakasero hospital.

He was later smuggled out, rushed to Nalufenya special operation unit in Jinja district, and detained once more.

Kasingye said the officers who inflicted injuries on Byamukama have been arrested and are currently under investigation at Professional Standards Unit (PSU) in Kireka.

FDC spokesman, Paul Mwiru, quotes articles 24, 28 and 44 of the Uganda constitution which prohibits the inhuman treatment of individuals especially those still presumed innocent.

He further refers to the United Nations General Assembly that prohibits the torture and inhuman treatment of individuals yet “Uganda police still continues to torture citizens in order to elicit information”.

He has thus tasked both the judiciary and Uganda police to explain to Ugandans why they continue to undergo torture as if there is no rule of law.

FDC slams rising sugar prices  

In a separate statement, the opposition party further condemned the increasing sugar prices which have caused an economic crisis across the country.

At the moment, a kilogramme of unpacked sugar that has been selling at Shs4,600 has now jumped to Shs5,800, whereas the packed sugar is now selling at Shs8,000 up from Shs7,000.

Health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, was quoted saying sugar confectionaries were responsible for the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer and heart diseases.

She suggested that Uganda should go back to the days when sugar was a luxury if cases of diabetes and obesity are to be avoided.

After meeting Uganda Sugar Manufacturer director and distributors at the close of last week, minister Kyambadde issued a directive to cap the price of a kilo of sugar at Shs5,000.

Kyambadde revealed that manufacturers shall provide the ministry with monthly stock levels, which will streamline the supply of sugar.

She attributed the rise in sugar prices to the prolonged drought, harvesting of immature sugar cane and the export of 300,000 metric tonnes to Kenya and 40,000 metric tonnes to Rwanda.

FDC thus called upon government to allow duty-free importation of sugar and place a ban on exportation of sugar till prices stabilise in the country.