The Parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs has summoned line Security Ministers together with the Commander of the Defence Forces General David Muhoozi over allegations of torture on civilians by the UPDF officers in the City on Thursday.
The MPs have demanded that Major General Peter Elwelu who commandeered the Thursday operations during the return of Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi must be present at the meeting.
In a display of might, UPDF soldiers beat up a group of people in Kasangati, the kind behaviour previously synonymous with the Police force while handling protests, reports NBS television.
Bobi Wine speaks
Speaking on the matter, Bobi Wine said he was trying to wrap his mind around that video showing soldiers beating up people with herding sticks in Kasangati.
One man commonly known as Sweet Pepsi was badly beaten and his head was bleeding profusely.
“I’m sharing the video in comments for those who didn’t watch it. I have talked to him this evening and he is still in pain, although improving.”
The legislator cited another recorded video showing police officers bartering a young man inside a police station for supporting People Power.
They are heard jeering and insulting him as they kick him, punch him and do all sorts of things to him.
One of them is seen displaying a red t-shirt and as if that’s a crime, he launches another attack on the innocent citizen of Uganda.
“You can hear him groan in pain, but these police officers, shamelessly putting on our national flag, will have none of that. What kind of human beings are these? Are these our brothers and sisters? Are they Ugandans?” Bobi Wine wondered.
He added: “Of course as they did all this, they foolishly thought that no one was watching. I must salute whoever recorded the video and I encourage all of you friends to always record these violations. The camera is sometimes the only weapon we have to bring these crimes to the attention of the world.”
Bobi said whenever he talks about these things, some regime apologists quickly come out to deny and ask for proof.
“After torturing you, they come out and say you are lying against them. Yet these are the things that happen at these facilities every hour, every minute!”
He added: “And do you see how one of them laughs with satisfaction after beating up a fellow citizen? This is what I cannot understand. How do they sleep at night after doing this? What do they tell their children? That they are coming from work?”
Bobi sues police
The legislator says he has requested his legal team to immediately identify the officers involved and take legal action against them in their individual capacity.
“We are also gathering evidence to strengthen the case we filed at the United Nations Committee Against Torture,” he noted.
He said in the meantime, all citizens of Uganda must rise up and condemn this level impunity.
“I have said many times that not all security personnel are this brutal. I hope those who still have some values can join the nation in condemning the rogues who work amongst them.”
He added: “You don’t want to put on a uniform or identity with a force whose image is being soiled by these rogue elements! Uganda is for all of us. We cannot continue to be treated like this in our own country. NO. We are not slaves. We deserve to be treated with dignity and only we the people can put an end to this madness.”