US Embassy in Kampala has asked the government of Uganda to show the rest of the world that it respects the constitution and human rights.
The statement warns government against inhumane treatment of members of parliament plus journalists and says the events of last this week are disturbing.
“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,” says US embassy in Uganda.
The statement follows Monday fracas that led to brutal arrest and torture of Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, and former MP Michael Mabikke, MP elect for Arua municipality Kassiano Wadri, journalists and others over allegations of smashing president’s car wind screen that was in procession after holding their final rallies a head of the concluded Wednesday by-election.
Producing him in Gulu General Court Martial Kyagulanyi was unable to stand nor walk, was charged with illegal possession of fire arms and rounds of ammunitions that were allegedly recovered in his hotel room in Arua and was remanded for one in Makindye military detention facility.
Court closed its doors for MP Kyagulanyi’s wife Barbara Kyagulanyi and other suspect’s relatives allowing only attorneys Asuman Basalirwa and Medard Seggona. However Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake was produced in court and dumped at Rubaga hospital where he is reported to be on life support
The statement says the detainees 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.
Earlier Uganda peoples’ Defence forces (UPDF) Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire published on his social media saying for whatever condition Kyagulanyi may be in as a result of 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 wrote.