Controversial Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi has applauded his supporters for always standing with him since he was brutally nabbed and incarcerated after Arua mayhem.
Narrating the ordeal of what transpired when he arrived from US where he had traveled for medical attention, Kyagulanyi says, there is no way he can express his gratitude to towards individual’ supporters who have stood with him for his safety.
Kyagulanyi who says, is irked by impunity of security agencies who have devoted themselves to violating people’s rights day in day out. “I was arrested by people in police uniform and others in civilian attire moments after the plane had just landed at Entebbe airport,”
”I am very bothered by the gruesome pictures and videos which I just saw. Why would security agencies dehumanize Ugandans so much? I saw people, most of who were going about their business along Entebbe road and Kasangati town, being beaten and manhandled by some security personnel. This impunity must stop,” he said.
“They grabbed me from the tarmac, took away my walking stick and grabbed my red beret off my head. I was forced into a waiting police vehicle. I insisted that I did not want to get into an unknown car with complete strangers and that I had my own car waiting for me at the arrivals but my plea fell on deaf ears,” he narrated.
He says they searched for his passport and it was taken from him, “I still don’t know where it is, “I got sandwiched between two counter terrorism policemen in a vehicle that had other police officers. I was then driven off towards the UN airbase with a string of police patrol cars and military trucks. They drove me at breakneck speed and after a long ride; we got to Kira then headed to Gayaza road until I was eventually dropped at my home in Magere,”
He decried gross violation of his rights, but most importantly the rights of his friends, family and lawyers who endured gross harassment throughout the day.
Several legislators including Medard Ssegona, Makindye East MP Allan Ssewanyana, and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago were blocked from leaving their respective homes over allegations that they will cause commotion in town and incite violence. Ssegona was later picked and dropped at parliament.
On August 31, Bobi Wine left Uganda for the United States seeking better treatment after being tortured by presidential guards of Special Forces command (SFC) during the Arua Municipality by-election mayhem which the then jailed candidate Kassiano Wadri emerged winner to replace late Ibrahim Abiriga as MP of that constituency.
Before flying to the US, Bobi Wine was produced before the General Military Court Martial and charged with illegal possession of fire arms which were later dropped and leveled with treason charges in Gulu Magistrate’s Court. He is scheduled to reappear before the magistrate on October 1.His counterpart representing Mityana Municipality constituency still remains in India fighting for his life, having been bartered together with Bobi Wine by security agents, alongside several others, including civilians.