Yuya was dropped at Kavule Nansana Municipality in Wakiso on December 24, 2020 under terrible condition. He has since been hiding for fear of his life. Unfortunately his feet have started rotting up to the knee joints. Kyakuwa, who was also dropped at Kavule Nansana Municipality on February 6, is also complaining of pain in his right leg, severe pain in the chest and poor visibility.
Two National Unity Platform-NUP
supporters who were allegedly kidnapped from Katoogo village in Nama Sub County
in Mukono North Constituency are rotting away at their homes after undergoing a
series of torture. Twenty-three-year-old Joseph Nkoyoyo Kyakuwa and 53-year-old
Fred Kamya Yuya sustained serious injuries but they were reportedly warned by
their tormentors to stay away from public health facilities if they want to
enjoy peace for the rest of their lives.
The duo went missing on December 22,
2020 together with thirteen others during the fierce Mukono North parliamentary
campaigns. The campaigns pit the
incumbent Member of Parliament and National Resistance Movement-NRM party
candidate, Ronald Kibuule and National Unity Platform-NUP candidate and MP
elect, Abdullah Kiwanuka Mulimamayuni.
Yuya was later dropped at Kavule Nansana Municipality in Wakiso on December 24,
2020 under terrible condition. He has since been hiding for fear of his life. Unfortunately, his feet have started rotting up
to the knee joints. Kyakuwa, who was also dropped at Kavule Nansana
Municipality on February 6, is also complaining of pain in his right leg,
severe pain in the chest and poor visibility.
Much as the duo is still in pain and traumatized because of the torture, they
have pleaded with their relatives to find simple remedies to treat them at home
instead of taking them to hospital for fear of fresh abduction. Kyakuwa, who
has spoken to URN while trembling, says that he was picked from home around 10 pm together with his friends Sula Kiwanuka and Juma Mukasa who are still
he two had paid him a visit at Katoogo
trading center. They were all handcuffed and moved into a white van before
their faces were blindfolded with black masks. “Ever since we were abducted,
masks have been covered on our faces and tied in the neck; they only spared
space for the mouth to enable us to eat food once in a while. We were subjected to
severe beatings almost every hour. It is hard to describe how the torture
chambers looked like but we were stepping on tiles sealed floor full of itchy water
they could at times pour on our entire bodies," Kyakuwa recalls.
He says the torture chamber seemed to be
big and full people who were yelling out of pain and were not allowed talking
to each other.
//Cue in: “Bali abasajja bakuba…
Cue out: …aga basirikale,”//
Kyakuwa notes that prior to their
release, they were taken to another facility for treatment. “We were given tablets
and injections that helped regenerate some energy in our bodies. At that
center, they could do a routine roll calling of members,” he said.
Kyakuwa recalls hearing the abductors calling names of other victims of torture
such as Patrick Bagambe, Fred Jjingo, Rashid Kawunda, Sulaiman Kiwanuka and
Junior Ainebyona. He believes that some
of the torture victims came from Kyotera, Mpigi, Kampala, Mubende and Mityana
//Cue in: “Kyemanyi waliyo…
Cue out: …amanyo assatu,”//
Kyakuwa’s father, Joseph Ssekimwanyi is scared about the life of his son, which
is deteriorating each passing day. According
to Kyakuwa, his son can no longer move and experiences nightmares that force him to
wake up shouting out loudly pleading for forgiveness whenever he tries to
Yuya, a father of 20 children and one pregnant wife cannot move because his legs
are rotting away following two days’ torture. According to Yuya, he is currently unable to
work and feed his family because of severe torture.
//Cue in: “Era mwe muba…
Cue out: …obadde n’ amaka”//
Byekwaso Venensio, the Katoogo LC 1 Chairperson says the two torture victims
are part of the four people who went missing in his area. He notes that he
reported the matter at Mukono police station and has tried searching for the
other missing people in vain. He appeals to whoever is concerned to at least
release the residents in whichever condition they are.
//Cue in: “Okutwaliza awamu…
Cue out: …nti yakubwa”//
Mukono Division Police Commander, Abubakar Musiho acknowledges receiving
reports from Nama sub-county police station about the re-appearance of the residents
claimed to have been abducted. He says they have embarked on investigations to
establish what could have happened.