LASPNET Executive Director, Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa identified some of the causalities as 65-year-old Francis Ogwanga Munu in Oyam District and Jacquline Nagasha in Masaka who was shot together with Francis Musasizi by her estranged husband, Private Robert Muyaga.
Human rights lawyers under the Legal Aid
Service Providers Network-LASPNET have called for the immediate disbandment of
the Local Defense Unit-LDU, which they have branded unruly.
The activists made the call at a media briefing
at Piato Restaurant in Kampala on Thursday.
They argued that the brutal acts of
LDU officers have been more evident during the Covid-19 lockdown where a
significant number of Ugandans are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment
sometimes leading to loss of lives.
LASPNET Executive Director, Sylvia Namubiru
Mukasa identified some of the causalities as 65-year-old Francis Ogwanga Munu
in Oyam District and Jacquline Nagasha in Masaka who was shot together with
Francis Musasizi by her estranged husband, Private Robert Muyaga.
She also cited the case of 25-year-old
Willis Oloya who was shot by LDUs in Agago district leading to the amputation
of his leg and the torture of Mityana LC V chairperson, Joseph Luzige by four
Namubiru said it is upon
this background that they want parliament to
engage the Internal Affairs Ministry to disband the LDUs, saying they are no
longer serving the purpose for which they were recruited.
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The lawyers also called upon the Inspector
General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola and the Chief of Defense Forces Gen.
David Muhoozi to exercise their powers stipulated in section 4(1)(a) of the police
act and the Section 29(2)(b) UPDF act 2005 respectively to professionalize and
modern the forces under their command.
Namubiru noted that amidst all the criminal
activities by security officers, only a handful of cases have been arraigned
before courts of law.
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Namubiru also asked government to pronounce of
filling the vacant position of the Chairperson of Uganda Human Rights
Commission-UHRC following the demise of the late Med Kaggwa.
Namubiru, UHRC can’t fulfill its mandate due to lack of sufficient leadership.
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