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| Tales of torture and death in Uganda’s torture centres 03/15/2010 |
Written by R.Mukasa
The March 11 country human
rights report released by the
American government faults the Ugandan government in at least 18 areas
of serious human rights abuse, which among others include arbitrary and
politically motivated killings, abductions; electoral irregularities;
official corruption; mob and ethnic violence and official impunity.
highlights other “serious human rights problems” as vigilante killings;
politically motivated abductions; torture and abuse of suspects and
detainees and harsh prison conditions; arbitrary and politically
motivated arrest and detention; the holding of suspects incommunicado
and lengthy pretrial detention; restrictions on the right to a fair
trial and on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and
religion; restrictions on opposition parties.
problem areas are violence and discrimination against women and
children, including female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual abuse of
children, and the ritual killing of children; trafficking in persons;
violence and discrimination against persons with disabilities and
homosexuals; restrictions on labour rights; and forced labour, including
So far, there is no
significant official reaction to the report, as most of the government
officials Sunday Monitor contacted said they had not seen the report
posted on the US government’s official website and so needed time to
carefully examine the report.
Foreign Affairs Permanent
Secretary, Amb. James Mugume, the Chairperson of the Uganda Human
Rights Commission, Mr Medi Kaggwa and the Police Spokesperson, Ms Judith
Nabakooba, all told this newspaper they needed to time to study the
context in which the Americans wrote last year’s report before they can
comment on it.
“But I think we’ve been working with all
the stakeholders while addressing all these issues as they’ve been
raised from time to time,” said Amb. Mugume. “Many reports keep coming,
some of them not genuine, so we need time to study this one before
addressing the new issues with various institutions.”
report opens with a description of Uganda as a country of 32 million
people led by President Museveni of the dominant NRM party elected in
the “2006 presidential and parliamentary elections [that] were marred by
prominently in the report is the September 2009 violence in Kampala,
where security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse
demonstrators, which according to official statistics resulted in 27
deaths and numerous injuries. Other observers suggest the death toll
from the September riots were as high as 50. The violence erupted
following the travel restrictions the government imposed on the Kabaka
(king) of Buganda Kingdom.
“More than 1,000 persons
were detained, of whom more than 400 were in prison awaiting trial at
year’s end. Following the riots the government closed and suspended the
licenses of four radio stations, closed a radio talk show, and suspended
or dismissed journalists to control coverage of the event,” reads the
report in part.
“While civilian authorities generally
maintained effective control of the security forces, elements of the
security forces occasionally acted independently of government
authority,” says the report, which concentrates on listing problems
without giving specific recommendations as to what remedial action needs
to be taken.
On the issue of arbitrary or unlawful
deprivation of life, the report says the Ugandan government or its
agents apparently committed politically motivated killings and were
responsible for arbitrarily killing opposition members, detainees,
demonstrators, and other citizens. Some deaths occurred as a result of
torture, which though illegal under Uganda’s penal system, is said to be
routinely used as an interrogation tool by the recognised and
clandestine security organisations.
It mentions the
January 17 incident in Bukedea District where, security agents
reportedly tortured to death David Okwi, a member of the opposition
Forum for Democratic Change party for allegedly possessing a gun.
Uganda Police, the Prisons and the UPDF are also accused of using
excessive force while dealing with civilians, which resulted into death
“Police use of excessive force, including live
ammunition, to disperse demonstrators, resulted in deaths and injuries.
For example, on February 16, in Nakaseke District, SPC Paul Baita
allegedly shot and killed William Byamugisha and Daniel Tumwine,
students at Kaloke Christian High School, who were demonstrating against
the quality of meals provided at the school. Four other students were
injured and required medical treatment.”
also mentions a number of incidents in 2008, 2007, and 2006 where
Ugandan security forces were involved in killings. Among the incidents
highlighted is the 2006 random shooting at a crowd of opposition members
in Mengo by Lt. Ramadhan Magara, killing two and injuring others.
Magara has since been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 14
years in jail.
Defence and Army Spokesman, Lt. Col.
Felix Kulayigye, said much as he had not read the report to comment on
the specific issues it raises, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces had
made serious strides towards observance and respect of human rights.
do exist as an institution because of the people and we do respect
people’s rights. It is the reason we put in place a full directorate in
charge of human rights and it is manned by senior lawyers who teach
human rights to our soldiers – actually, human rights is taught at all
levels of our training,” he said.
“Some of the individual incidents
have been happening because we are not made out of angels. We are human
beings. But we have zero tolerance to human rights abuse as an
institution and we do not condone those acts.”
problem areas in the US report are the rampant ritual murders and mob
violence cases. “Mob attacks against criminal suspects resulted in
deaths. Witnesses rarely cooperated with police, making investigation of
such incidents difficult,” it adds.
On disappearances, the report implicates the
government in politically motivated abductions, giving the example of
two FDC members Ismail Wagaba and Robert Mugyenyi who were taken from
their homes by suspected state agents in 2008 and 2006, respectively.
torture cases, the American report says “there were credible reports
that security forces tortured and beat suspects, some of whom died as a
result”. Quoting the recent UHRC findings, the report says torture
generally occurred in unregistered detention facilities and was intended
to force confessions.
“There were numerous reports of torture and abuse
unregistered detention facilities operated by the JATT and CMI. In its
April 8 report, HRW noted that detainees held in JATT headquarters in
Kololo and at CMI headquarters in Kitante described being “hit
repeatedly with the butt of a gun, slapped in the head and ears, or
beaten with fists, whips, canes, chairs, and shoes.”
and CMI personnel “put detainees into painful stress positions and
forced red chili pepper into eyes, nose, and ears,” causing excruciating
pain. Some detainees described being shocked with electricity, and many
reported seeing detainees struggling to walk or having to be carried by
fellow detainees to vehicles. One detainee lost his leg due to
infection in a wound caused by a severe beating,” says the US report.
UHRC, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), and other
human rights organisations have previously reported incidents of torture
by security forces, including caning, severe beating, stabbing,
kicking, tying of limbs in contorted positions, forced marching, and
“Torture victims included political activists and detainees,”
says the US report, “For example, Francis Atugonza, the mayor of Hoima
and the FDC’s trade and industry secretary, filed charges during the
year against the CMI for alleged illegal detention and torture in a CMI
“safe house” after he was arrested in April.”
the September 10-12 riots in Kampala, security forces beat suspects,
including women, and went door to door in some neighborhoods, pulling
residents out of their homes to be beaten and arrested, according to
received complaints from individuals who sustained injuries during the
riots. For example, a petition filed by Ssemukala Ismail alleged that
security force members shot him while he was closing his shop in
Nateete, impairing his left arm.”
The Uganda police
further features in the US report for its excessive use of force during
arrests, evictions and land disputes resulted in injuries.
highlights the issue of an influx of arms in the country, fuelling
violence in the Karamoja region, resulting in deaths and injuries.
also condemns the continued holding onto children forcibly abducted
from Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel force currently
hiding in the DR Congo, “responsible for killing, raping, and
kidnapping hundreds of persons in the DRC, CAR, and Sudan”.