Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, has accused President Yoweri Museveni of torturing Ugandans to break their spirits and make them submit to his life presidency project.
“When it’s comes to NRM, it is never hard to compare it to Amin and Obote regimes,” Matembe said Thursday night while appearing on NBS TV political programme “NBSFrontline”.
“President Museveni should spare Ugandans, all this is done for regime survival and life presidency.”
Matembe then told off NRM deputy caucus spokesperson, Solomon Silwany, that torture was torture, the question of exaggeration of photos of torture shouldn’t arise.
“Inhuman treatment is forbidden by the Constitution. Torture is hidden because it’s more serious,” she said, calling upon Ugandans to ”please rise up and refuse the rule of impunity”.
Matembe said she was very happy that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga allowed MPs to go to Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja but “I’m sad that she announced it. Those people prepared”.
“I want to tell Kaguta Museveni his wife that this must stop; we can’t go back to where we came from. IGP Kale Kayihura has been appointed for another three years again to torture Ugandans.”
When Silwany tried to defend the president and Kayihura, Matembe hushed him down, nearly jumping onto his neck.
Matembe: You gave Kayihura another term to talk.
Silwany: I didn’t appoint IGP.
Matembe: Stop! No one has asked you to talk. You were still a ‘young boy’ when we’re suffering for this country.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, came to Silwany’s rescue saying the ruling party was also concerned and actually supported the motion to investigate Nalufenya.
Kilak North MP, Anthony Akol, said when the parliamentary committee reached Nalufenya, they were actually harassed at the gate.
“Some MPs were fearing to enter. The issue was no ipads, no phones or any electronic gadget was allowed instead Nalufenya. I insisted that if I wasn’t allowed to enter with my iPad, I wasn’t going to go instead. They finally agreed.”
He said authorities even bought new beds and mattresses before MPs went there but “even the suspects were fearing to sit on them”.
Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, said torture at Nalufenya is institutional as highlighted in the Uganda Human Right Commission report.
He said the junior officers running Nalufenya are not the problem, they are not the ones who created Nalufenya.
“Mr. Museveni and IGP Kayihura are aware of what is happening at Nalufenya,” Nganda said.