Wadri: SFC tortured us over boycotted Museveni rally

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Wadri shakes hands with Oulanyah

Hon. Kassiano Wadri says he never ever saw president Museveni in Arua; neither did he come close to his [Museveni’s] motorcade.

The legislator was speaking to NBS television Wednesday before being sworn in as the new Arua municipality MP replacing slain Ibrahim Abiriga.

This is his story:

We were in totally different areas for our rallies but I think what caused problems for us were the large crowds we had.

The NRM rally only had children and I think that’s what annoyed him, how on earth would anybody harm the president, he is the fountain of honour.

We were arrested by two sets of security apparatus, after we were showed with teargas and bullets in our hotel rooms.

Social Forces Command [SFC] officials arrested the first bunch, they were so unprofessional, and that’s where most of my colleagues got hurt.

The next butch was of police officers who came with sticks and they were a little professional. The only person who was so hurt in my lot was Hon. Paul Mwiru who was brutally hit on his shoulder.

Hon. Bobi Wine was arrested by SFC, he was tortured left, right back to centre. No one who was arrested by SFC came out the same, they all had bruises.

We actually couldn’t believe Hon. Zaake was still alive, we had to plead with police to take him to Gulu hospital because he was in the worst state.

The SFC people are the worst human beings. When Bobi Wine joined us in prison, we were so excited because all of us were dead worried about his condition and whereabouts.

When we got the news that the military court tribunal had acquitted all the charges, we were happy.

The people of Arua municipality have made history to vote for me and stay strong behind the candidate in all the chaos. I want to thank them for the support they gave me even when I was in the cell.

It wasn’t an easy thing, they went through immense pressure both physically and mentality but they remained strong.

Kassiano Wadri

The Arua debacle was the most unpleasant incident in my life, now that I’m out of incarceration I still feel that the security officers did the most unfair things to us.

We were crowded in a very small cell with little ventilation, no water, sleeping on dirty cement, we were locked up the whole day with no toilet services, you had to tighten your belt and wait for that one time they let people out.

The only institution in government which still practices fairness in Uganda is Uganda prisons; we had a sigh of relief because we had running water, toilet facilities and the prison authorities let us have visitors on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

They even let us cook our own food. I want to thank the prison authorities for treating us that way, that was heaven on earth for us.

I miss my people but I can’t help it, I will continue to press court to look into the conditions of my bail.

As politicians, this is our occupational hazard but it has strengthened my zeal, I’m determined to push further.

The body might be weak but the spirit is stronger. While in prison, we had all the time to ourselves, 24/7. We had time to talk about everything and anything but I don’t think it’s appropriate to go into details of what we talked about while in the cells.

We many times asked the prison authorities to provide us with newspapers and they willingly accepted with the little money we had on us.

There was a TV in one of those cells and we were able to watch the distress they bundled on the people of Kampala, we were well informed with what was happening outside although we were denied access to phones.

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