LASPNET Executive Director Sylvia Namubiru says acts of security pose enormous threats to the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom of expression and right to liberty and access to information as guaranteed by the 1995 Constitution of Uganda and that it is unfortunate that security has defended its actions.
Legal Aid services providers have condemned security personnel for
acts of brutality meted out on presidential candidates.
Protests erupted in different parts of the country on Wednesday and Thursday after
the arrest of Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi in Luuka district.
In a statement, Arthur Nsereko, the Chairperson Board of Directors Legal Aid
Service Providers Network-LASPNET, an umbrella organisation for 54 legal service
providers noted that the protests did not warrant the use of excessive force
against the civilians.
"Whereas LASPNET does not in any way condone violence in all
its forms, we hasten to say that how the security agencies of this country have
responded by firing live ammunition into protestors and innocent onlookers who
are unarmed, is unlawful and considered the use of excessive force.” reads
the statement in part.
LASPNET Executive Director Sylvia Namubiru says acts of security
pose enormous threats to the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom of
expression and right to liberty and access to information as guaranteed by the
1995 Constitution of Uganda and that it is unfortunate that security has
defended its actions.
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On Friday, the Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine defended the
actions of security personnel.
He said that the police and other security personnel have a right
to kill protesters if they are attacked. Speaking to reporters at the Uganda
Media Centre in Kampala, Tumwine said that he had no apologies for anybody who
was killed while attacking security forces as they tried to put down protests.
Nambiru warns that if the actions of the security personnel are
not checked, it will cast doubt to a peaceful, free and fair election process
and will greatly undermine the credibility of the forthcoming elections. She
asked security to discipline security officers who were behind the acts of
violence against people.
Namubiru also asked security to disband the militias who were seen
holding guns and terrorizing innocent civilians.
She further asked the Electoral Commission to take charge of the
electoral process and caution security against the selective application of the
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also urged candidates to observe campaign guidelines set by the Electoral
Commission and Ministry of Health.