The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has called for immediate and unconditional release of all Ugandans held by the army and to disclose names of individuals who may have died in their hands.
Since November last year, the country has witnessed spates of kidnappings by both armed men in civilian clothes and security personnel traveling in numberless Toyota Hiace vehicles commonly known as ‘Drones’. Most of the victims have since not been arraigned before courts of law nor released on police bond.
Speaking at Najjanankumbi, the FDC party spokesman who doubles as the Kiira Municipality MP Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda said FDC is concerned with total breakdown of the rule of law in the country. “The military aided by Mr. Yoweri Museveni has now fully taken over full control of all institutions of the state.”
He said the Court Martial in the law is supposed to be a tribunal trying only military men and women is slowly replacing the Judiciary. He averred that there are currently more than 1000 people who have been arrested illegally by the military, illegally tried and remanded by the military to various prisons including Kitalya and Kigo.
He said Hundreds of young men and women are still detained at Mbuya by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Special Forces Command (SFC), and Joint Ant Terrorism (JAT).
“The young men are undergoing torture day and night. Some have been tortured to death and others maimed beyond recognition. This is the sole reason an alleged list of victims that Museveni read on television is not being released or handed over to Police. The Human Rights Commission remains with no substantive chair,” he said.
Last month, Former National Unity Platform Presidential (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine released a list of over 300 abducted and missing party supporters.