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People-Power Leaders Seek International Probe on Arua Fracas

The members of the pressure group told journalists in Kampala that the Ugandan government should be held liable for violating the rights of its people and sanctioning inhumane and degrading treatment against those in custody.
Members of the People Power executive

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People-Power, a pressure group led by Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has called for an international Commission of inquiry into the arrest and alleged torture of opposition MPs and their supporters from Arua district last week.

The members of the pressure group told journalists in Kampala that the Ugandan government should be held liable for violating the rights of its people and sanctioning inhumane and degrading treatment against those in custody.

The statements come amid accusations of torture against MPs Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality MP. Bobi wine, who is detained in Makindye Military Barracks, was reportedly tortured by his captors and has been undergoing treatment provided by expert doctors from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF.

Ivan Kyeyune, the General Secretary of Peoples Power says the international community needs to rise up and impose sanctions against Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni and member of the executive involved in the violation of people's rights. He was addressing journalists in Bukoto, a suburb of Kampala today.

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Hillary Kiyaga Innocent, also known as Dr Hilderman, an executive of People Power, says it's time for the international community to intervene in the state of Uganda today. He says Ugandans are disappointed with the manner in which Bobi Wine was handled, from the time of his arrest to date.  

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The call comes amidst chaotic scenes in Kampala where several supporters are battling police. Security has deployed heavily with protests ongoing in Kisekka Market area, downtown Kampala, areas of Kireka, and Bombo road.