Robert Kyagulanya alias Bobi Wine who is the leader of National Unity Platform has reacted on president Museveni’s speech on security saying that nothing will save him from the fate of all past and present despots.
Bobi Wine said that it is unfortunate that Ugandans have a president who he claimed is not ashamed of telling lies.
Kyagulanyi’s remarks came shortly after President Museveni’s address on the security situation where he warned security agencies against disrespecting the human rights of Ugandans and other people in the country.
In his address, the president said the NRM doesn’t believe in beating people for any reason warning security agencies against beating Ugandans while enforcing Covid-19 standard operating procedures adding that it is totally unacceptable.
“Nobody should be in the uniform of the army when they don’t respect the people of Uganda. When you’re in the army don’t bark at people, don’t beat people or even criminals. Don’t beat children. Nobody should beat any Ugandan. Human rights of the people of Uganda were one of main reasons why NRM went to bush and fought for all those years,”Museveni said on Saturday.
“Every soldier and policeman listening to me and any Ugandan should know that is the position of the NRA and Constitution of Uganda. No one should be in the uniform of the army if you can’t respect the people of Uganda. Don’t bark at people. That is not a people’s army. Don’t beat members of the public or even criminals. You are not allowed to beat anyone.”
President Museveni said this was wrong and unnecessary.
“Why do you beat a suspect? Is it because you are too lazy to interrogate him? Of course these are criminals. The police had done a wonderful job to very well get these people but why spoil it with this nonsense of beating. Even if suspects don’t admit guilt but investigators do their job well, criminals can get convicted,” Museveni said.
The president also warned security against beating members of the public while enforcing Covid Standard Operating Procedures saying it is unacceptable.
However in a statement, Kyagulanyi wondered how the president can even tell what he termed as “blatant lies” with a straight face.
“I can imagine how the victims of his brutality feel as they watched him shamelessly spew out lies, completely unconcerned about their plight. To you all victims of torture, illegal detentions and abductions, I can assure you that there will be a day of justice,”Kyagulanyi said.
‘‘This time the president is speaking like an opposition leader against his own regime because of the pressure mounted against him by Ugandans.’’ Kyagulanyi added
“He knows what awaits him; seeing his friend Omar Bashir in the International Criminal Court (ICC) waiting lounge! Nothing, absolutely nothing will save him from the fate of all despots, past and present,” he said in a statement.
President Museveni warned and reminded security agencies of the guidelines he issued in 2017 on respecting human rights and avoiding torturing of suspects, the president said these should be followed to the dot.
The president also displayed footage captured by media in which the Gen Katumba shooting suspects told court that they had been tortured while in police custody.
Recently the alleged torture of the suspects in the attempted murder case of General Katumba Wamala reignited debate among human rights defenders on the rights of detainees.
The suspects who were paraded before court last had visible wounds on their bodies’ allegedly sustained while in police custody.
These included Kagugube Muhammad, Walusimbi Kamada, Kisambira Siriman Ayuub, Abdulaziz Ramadhan Dunku, Habib Ramadhan Marjan.
The Uganda Law Society (ULS), an umbrella body bringing together all legal practitioners in the country also condemned the acts of torture against the suspects.
“ULS is outraged by reports of torture and the state in which police arraigned the suspects in the assassination attempt against General Katumba Wamala before at the Chief Magistrate Court Nakawa on July 8 2021.The suspects are reported to have appeared before the Court with visible injuries and burns on their bodies,” said Pheona Nabasa Wall, President ULS in a statement.
She said torturing suspects is cruel, inhuman, degrading, and unconstitutional and compromises the proper prosecution of cases, according to human right defenders.
Robert Kirenga, human rights defender, explained that under Article 44 of the Constitution there are no circumstances under which a citizen can be subject to torture.
The leader of National Unity Platform (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi was also among those who condemned the act of torture against suspects adding that the Constitution and other international laws to which Uganda is a signatory condemn torture under any and all circumstances.