Former presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye, together with councillors from Kawempe Division, has demanded immediate closure of Nalufenya police station, a facility that is at the center of the recent torture allegations.
Councillors led by Harris Akampurira, who represents Makerere University, launched a campaign code-named ‘Nalufenya Must Fall’ saying that they were not satisfied with the report by Members of Parliament and demanded that if serious investigations are to be done the facility must be closed.
They argue that what takes place at Nalufenya Special Investigations Centre, located in Jinja District, is a violation of articles 24 and 44 of the constitution. Akampurira further says that police actions in Nalufenya run counter to the prevention and prohibition of torture Act, and all the international conventions that Uganda is signatory to.
Micheal Wamala Ziggwa, the city authority councillor for Kawempe South Councillor, wondered whether police will replace scooped people’s body parts when they find out that they were innocent.
He demanded that the facility be closed so that proper investigation is made.
The leaders demanded that human rights bodies together with inter-religious council of Uganda should all address the nation on what is happening on torture.
Since the leaking of photographs of tortured Kamwenge Town Council Mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama, and other suspects detained on allegations of killing former police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, there has been wide condemnation of the acts of the security agencies.
Besigye said Nalufenya is just a manifestation of what he called captivity that Ugandans have been put into.
Besigye noted that Ugandans must not only focus on Nalufenya but look at all other forms of injustices.
He highlighted the former Nile Mansions, current Serena Hotel, which was a centre of torture and human rights abuse during Obote II government and the Nakasero State Research Bureau which was used by Idi Amin’s security agents.
By Sania BabiryeFDC former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has stood his ground and refused to return to the Nakawa magustrate court for mention of his treason case as promised.This is after Besigye vowed to not appear in court willingly until the DPP committed him for trial inthe high court.Besigye has since then petitioned the high court over the matter and the case is up for hearing on the 22 of March . Even today state informed court that investigations into the matter are still on going.However, Nakawa grade one magistrate Noah Ssajabi has issued criminal summons to Besigye after prosecution led by Racheal Nabwire asked court to issue criminal summon against Besigye accusing him of missing court with no explanation.Magistrate Sajjabi has now signed summons requiring Besigye to appear in court on the 27th/March 2017 for further mention of his case as police investigations are still on-going.Its close to nine months since the DPP charged Besigye with treason but has failed to Commit him for trial in high court which has the jurusdiction to try capital offenses.And Besigye says that until the DPP concludes his alleged investigations and commits him he will not continue to waste his time and money appearing in the lower court with no powers to try his case.Besigye is charged with treason after a video of him taking oath as the legally elected president of Uganda in the conclude Febuary 2016 General elections surfaced on social media which he does not deny.
By Sania Babirye
Former Presidential Candidate Dr.Kiiza Besigye has appealed to the African Union to join his struggle to oust president Museveni from power which says is not legitimate.
He made the comments as he appeared at the High court in Kampala in honor of his bail condition in respect of treason charges.
Deputy Registrar Emmanuel Baguma extended his bail reporting to 15/February/2017.
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In his suit filed by his lawyers of Rwakafuuzi & Co advocates, Dr Besigye states that on October 3 this year, he was plunked off a Kenya airways plane by security that connived with CAA officials and driven against his will through remote routes from Entebbe Airport to his home in Kasangati.
He says the arrest contravened his right to free movement as a Ugandan citizen.
He further states in his suit that he was also denied the right to meet and move from the airport in the company of his waiting family, friends, associates and supporters, hence violating his freedom of Association.
In support of his suit, the top opposition politician in his sworn in affidavit before the court says that on August 22, he left Uganda and addressed conferences in London, Geneva and Boston and returned on October 3 using Kenya Airways aircraft which landed at Entebbe International Airport.
He adds that on that day, he noticed that the plane had parked unusually far from the terminal and when he got out; he suspiciously noticed a bigger presence of CAA staff on the tarmac and a CAA vehicle driving closer to the aircraft.
Besigye adds that before he could disembark from the staircase, a staff of CAA wearing a reflector jacket pulled him from the last step of the staircase and grabbed him by his trouser towards the CAA vehicle which drove him away before he could even go through immigration procedures at the Airport.
To that effect, court has summoned the Civil Aviation Authority to file in its defense within 15 days from the date of receipt of summons and should they fail, judgment will be passed in their absentia.
The file case has been allocated to Justice Patricia Basaza for hearing.
Former Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been whisked away by police upon his arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
Besigye, who arrived at the airport at 8.10 am aboard a Kenya Airways flight, is reported to have been picked by security operatives shortly after he arrived into the country. He had been away for over the month, after visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who was among several opposition leaders at the airport to receive Besigye, says that majority of the FDC dignitaries were blocked from accessing the VIP lounge, where Besigye was expected to address the media shortly after arrival. The lounge was restricted to only five people.
Lukwago says other passengers who were aboard the same flight informed them that Besigye had been whisked away into a waiting vehicle.
URN has learnt from sources that Besigye has taken to his home in Kasangati. There was a brief exchange between Lukwago and the security operatives, including army soldiers, who ordered him and some FDC members to leave the airport.
There was also an exchange between the soldiers and journalists, who had been blocked from entering the airport, unless they displayed their passports and air tickets as proof that they were traveling.
Military and police deployment remains heavy along the Entebbe-Kampala highway.
A joint force of military and police officers have heavily deployed on Entebbe road ahead of the return of former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye returns to the country today following one month trip to the United States and United Kingdom.
Presence of both military and regular police officers is visible from Kibuye to Entebbe airport.
At Kibuye round about, a number of soldiers are seen patrolling the area, with about 15 regular police officers. There was however no sign of police deployment at the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi by press time.
Joint military and anti-riot police officers are stationed at Kawuku trading center and Kisubi police post, about 15kilometers from Entebbe Airport. Heavy deployment is also at the entrance of Entebbe International Airport where Besigye is expected to arrive shortly after 8am from Nairobi, Kenya.
Water Canon and teargas trucks are stationed at Kajjansi police station and Abaita Ababiri trading center.
A number of FDC supporters have already flocked the airport to welcome Besigye.He is expected to address the media on arrival, and thereafter proceed to the party headquarters.
However yesterday, Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi warned FDC supporters against hooliganism.
Just to add that traffic officers are manning a checkpoint at Kitubulu.