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Kadaga Asks President to Act against Torture

She says that the conduct by security operatives is in breach of the Prevention and Prohibition of the anti-Torture Act, 2012 specifically Section 21a and b. Kadaga demanded that the officers concerned should be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has written to President Museveni demanding the arrest and trial of security operatives who participated in the torture of MPs and supporters who were recently arrested in Arua district.

In a letter dated August 27, 2018, Kadaga said that she is constrained to address President Museveni over the events in Arua which led to the arrest, assault and torture of legislators, journalists and a number of ordinary Ugandans.

Those arrested include Arua Municipality MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga and former Makindye East MP Micheal Mabikke, among others.  They were released on bail this morning after two weeks in incarceration.

"Hon. Zaake remains gravely ill while Hon. Kyagulanyi has visible signs of torture and beatings. Your Excellency, I am concerned that no effort has been made to arrest the security officers from the SFC, Military Police and Uganda Police Force who were involved in the violent actions against unarmed civilians," reads Kadaga's letter.

She says that the conduct by security operatives is in breach of the Prevention and Prohibition of the anti-Torture Act, 2012 specifically Section 21(a) and (b). Kadaga demanded that the officers concerned should be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court.

"Unless this is done, it will be very difficult to conduct government business in Parliament. The Uganda Parliament will not condone or acquiesce in acts of torture. I, however, hasten to add that Parliament equally does not condone acts of lawlessness by any leader or members of the public," Kadaga concludes.

Following the Arua arrests, President Museveni has released a series of statements on Social Media accusing the arrested MPs and their supporters of pelting stones at his convoy. His statements, however, remained mute on the acts of torture on the MPs and civilians.

This is the second time in the Tenth Parliament that the Speaker is complaining to the President over the torture of MPs by security operatives.

The Speaker first wrote to the President following last year's raid on Parliament by security operatives at the height of the controversies relating to the removal of presidential age limits from the Constitution. During the raid, several MPs were brutalized as the security operatives evicted MPs opposed to the removal of age limits.

However, the President has never responded to Kadaga's letter.

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