Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has responded to torture allegations by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine after his arrest last month.
In a statement posted on social media platforms last evening, the legislator narrated the horrific abuse he reportedly went through in the hands of security agencies.
Kyagulanyi who is in the U.S for specialised medical care said soldiers using brute force intentionally pulled and squeezed his testicles and bludgeoned him indiscriminately with blunt objects.
He said that he was heartlessly beaten, punched, and kicked with their boots in the eyes, mouth, nose, elbows and knees.
However, the UPDF said last evening that police were already investigating the allegations raised by Kyagulanyi and those found culpable will be punished.
A combined force of army and police violently grabbed Kyagulanyi and 35 others, among them four MPs and two journalists, from or near hotels in Arua Town on August 13 on allegations that they stoned President Museveni’s motorcade.
In yesterday’s statement, Kyagulanyi said prowling soldiers broke into various rooms and savagely assaulted several occupants, among them a woman, to reveal his location. “Up to now, that is one experience that haunts me; that I could hear a woman cry for help, yet I was so vulnerable and helpless. I could not help her,” he stated.
After fruitless searches, the lawmaker said soldiers, who hurled insults and profanities at their subdued victims, struck open the door of the room he hid in. One placed him at gunpoint and he used his hand to shield his head from a vicious iron bar strike by another.
There was pandemonium and agonising wails in the corridors and outside the hotel. Yasin Kawuma, who sat inside the MP’s Tundra vehicle parked outside Pacific Hotel, had already been shot dead.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website