Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake in pain after he was tortured by Special Forces in Gulu.

say politicians attacked must see doctors of their choice

The European Union and the American Embassy have condemned the security forces’ brutal treatment of the members of parliament, journalists and some civilians who were participating in the Arua Municipality by-election, saying there is no room for violence in a modern democratic Uganda and that bruised politicians must use doctors of their choice.

“The violence marring the day before the polls, the lack of accredited domestic observers, the reported brutal treatment of elected Members of the Uganda Parliament, journalists and civilians, as well as the loss of human life are very disquieting events. There is no room for repression nor violence in a modern democratic Uganda,” the EU statement reads in part.

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The Heads of Mission of EU Member States and the Heads of Mission of Norway also condemned the mistreatment of the civilians and politicians in the joint statement. “The Heads of Mission are deeply concerned by the events that have occurred before and after the Arua Municipality by-election,” the statement further reads.

The European want government, the opposition political parties and the civil society to resolve the issues surrounding the violence that erupted before elections in Arua could take place on Wednesday.

“The Heads of Mission call upon all tiers of the Ugandan Government, political parties and civil society to cooperate to ensure that the events that have caused much suffering to citizens and have damaged the global image of Uganda are addressed swiftly and transparently with full respect for the Rule of Law, and of the individual rights of all concerned,” the statement reads in part.

Meanwhile the US Embassy says all those detained have the right to humane treatment, due process, access to lawyers and to their families and a prompt, fair, and transparent trial.

“Those who need medical attention should be granted immediate access to a doctor of their choice. We urge government to show the world that Uganda respects its constitution and human rights of all its citizens,” the embassy says in the statement.

“We are deeply concerned by recent events in Arua, Kampala, and Gulu, and disturbed by reports of brutal treatment of Members of Parliament, journalists, and others at the hands of security forces,” the Embassy continued.

Today Bobi Wine’s doctor was denied access to him at the Makindye Military Barracks, with the UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire saying that he will be attended to. “For whatever condition Hon Kyagulanyi may be in as a result of the whole Arua fracas, UPDF will ensure he receives adequate attention and care now that he is under its safe custody. His family also will be able to visit him as per established procedure,” he said.

The statements come after Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi was arrested on Tuesday and was on Thursday charged and remanded to Makindye military prison, having been arrested by security operatives on the allegation possessing firearms while in Arua campaigning for Kassiano Wadri, the winner of the Arua MP by-election.