In an exclusive interview, the father of three told Uganda Radio Network-URN that they were tortured while being forced to confess for participating in the November 18-19, 2020 riots triggered by the arrest of the National Unit Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his presidential campaign trail.
Ismail Ssozi, a mechanic at Kiseka Market and resident of Makerere-Kivulu in
Kampala Central Division was abducted by armed men in a numberless minibus
commonly referred to as drones and spent 39 days in military
Ssozi was picked up together with his colleague Moses Ssenfuka near
Kiseka market by personnel from the Kiseka military police detach on January
10, 2021. According to
Ssozi he was detained at the Chieftaincy Military Intelligence-CMI and
Makindye Military police Barracks together with other suspects, where they were
subjected to torture.
In an exclusive
interview, the father of three told Uganda Radio Network-URN that they were
tortured while being forced to confess for participating in the November 18-19,
2020 riots triggered by the arrest of the National Unit Platform President,
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his presidential campaign trail.
that while at Makindye Military Barracks, they were locked up in a very cold
room in a go down where they were subjected to torture each day and forced to
confess to crime in vain.
batuteka mu go-down …
Cue… okutuba nga buli,”//
Ssozi, who is out on bail, says he can’t walk properly because of the torture. "I
cannot walk properly and I don’t want to look in the sunshine. I haven’t gone
to the hospital but am scared that my vision was affected due to the long time I
spent in darkness. I can’t stand for more than 30 minutes; my entire back is
full of scratches,” Ssoozi said.
He explains that while at Makindye Police Military Barrack he found there
several other suspects who were going through the same torture. Ssozi, however,
only remembers one Geoffrey, Joseph Maganda Kigozi and Jude Ssemanda. According
to Ssozi, even his tormentors didn’t know the particular offences they were
being accused of.
//Cue in: “Ne
Cue Out:… Okokya ekibuga nebipira,”//
Ssozi appeared together with 14 others before the UPDF court-martial sitting in
Kakiri barracks in Wakiso district on charges of possessing military items
and participating in the November 18-19th, 2021 riots.
According to Ssozi,
because of his detention, his family was evicted by the landlord at the
beginning of this month due to accumulated rent.“My wife and our
daughter had to seek refuge at one of my sister’s places. Now I have no job. My
boss' garage was closed after my arrest,” Ssozi said. Several
people have been abducted in different parts of the country by security
personnel driving numberless drones.
The Defense Ministry Deputy
Spokesperson, Deo Akiiki has since advised whoever alleges to have been
tortured by the Army or Police and those with missing relatives to file
complaints with the police.