Jamiru Walugembe, the Chairperson of Kimayanya B cell in Kimanya-Kabonera division and one of the victims sued the Chief Defense of Forces-CDF, the Kasijjagirwa UPDF Armored Brigade Commander Brigadier General Deus Sande, and the Brigade Intelligence Officer Major Fred Kasimoni Mushabo, over torture he suffered in the hands of the military.
Victims who were brutalized by security personnel during the January
general elections are struggling to get justice.
Protests broke out in different
parts of Masaka shortly after the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent
president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the winner of the presidential elections
with 58 percent of the total votes cast.
However, the announcement didn’t go down well with some voters in
Masaka, saying the election had been rigged to favour Museveni against his
National Unity Platform-NUP rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine
who become second.
Many NUP supporters were arrested, tortured and some lost their
lives as the military and police engaged protesters.
Jamiru Walugembe, the Chairperson of Kimayanya B cell in
Kimanya-Kabonera division and one of the victims sued the Chief Defense of
Forces-CDF, the Kasijjagirwa UPDF Armored Brigade Commander Brigadier General
Deus Sande, and the Brigade Intelligence Officer Major Fred Kasimoni Mushabo,
over torture he suffered in the hands of the military.
Walugembe narrates that the security operatives pounced on him
from his workplace in Masaka town before he was detained in the Uganda People
Defense Forces-UPDF Barracks at Kassijagirwa in Masaka where he was tortured by
Walugembe who still has visible scars and bruises is however
disappointed that the court case he filed against aggressors has failed to
commence hence frustrating his pursuit for justice.
He explains that he also sued the Attorney General and asked the court
to grant him compensation for the inhuman and degrading treatment, but none of
the parties has ever made any formal response to the suit that was filed in
Walugembe, who is an opposition supporter, however, denies
participating in any election-related protests, arguing that he was simply
targeted because of his political opinion.
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Isha Alinda the lawyer who filed the suit for the victim says,
they have failed to advocate for a speedy trial which has frustrated the
He explains that the matter had been fixed for hearing at the
beginning of this month but to their dismay, it was further adjourned for another
Alinda, says that his client has been denied the opportunity of
benefiting from the entitlements of a speedy court process as provided for in
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Jameson Karemani the Spokesperson of the Judiciary denies having
deliberate attempts to frustrate the trial. He says that there is currently a
shortage of judges as many are hearing election petitions.
Another victim Hakim Kigozi, who was also detained for a week in
the aftermath of the election, says he gave up on the court case after police failed
to record his statement. He says although he was not physically tortured, he
suffered undue psychological distress at the military detention in Kasijjagirwa,
where he was locked inside a dark-cold room for days.
Major Ninsiima Rwemijuma, the UPDF Armored Bridge Spokesperson has
declined to comment about the incidents which he says occurred when he was out
of the station.