By Kungu Al-mahadi Adam
Government of Uganda does not support torture or any form of violence against anyone. Security officials who use torture against suspects are against the law and are liable to individual prosecution.Hon Judith Nabakooba, Minister of ICT and National Guidance
Following public outcry in regard to alleged arrest and subsequent torture of Ugandans particularly supporters of former Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba, has Sunday afternoon revealed that President Yoweri Museveni has instructed police and other security agencies to provide details of the arrested suspects.
The Minister who noted that the suspects are in the safe hands of security, noted that non has been tortured thus appealing to the public to ignore information in relation to the effect.
Below is her full statement;
Press Statement on 14th February 2021
Fellow Ugandans, yesterday His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni addressed the nation on the issue of “missing persons”.
Prior to the period leading to the just concluded elections, security forces carried out a number of arrests.
This followed intelligence reports about planned activities that were going to cause chaos during and after the elections.
His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni has now instructed the Police and all other agencies to provide a detailed update about all those who were arrested.
This update will enable the country to get a detailed account of who was arrested and for what reason.
It will also put to rest some of the rumors and fake news that had started to emerge regarding some of the arrested individuals.
I would like to assure the public that all the arrested persons have been kept well with dignity.
Government of Uganda does not support the torture or any form of violence against anyone.
I call upon members of the public to disregard any information that suggests arrested people were tortured.
Security officials who use torture against suspects are against the law and are liable to individual prosecution.
His Excellency was clear that in situations where security officers went beyond and committed excesses like torture of suspects, they will be dealt with.
I therefore call upon members of the public to remain calm and allow the police to provide its detailed report.
Once the report is done, I believe relatives of those arrested will be able to access those being held.
For those with cases to answer, they will be produced in the courts of law for justice to be done.
In the meantime, I call upon all members of the public especially the youth to urgently embrace the available wealth creation opportunities.
I urge local leaders follow the President’s directive to ensure that the youth are guided on how to access these resources.
Some of the resources like Emyoga, youth livelihood funds and others may require the beneficiaries organize themselves in groups or SACCOS.
It is the duty of district and subcounty officials to ensure that their communities are well sensitized and mobilized on what to do.
I call upon the youth especially at the subcounty level to reach out to your Community Development Officials and demand to be guided on what to do.
Wealth creation is going to be the main focus for government in the next five years and therefore no one should be left behind.
According to the President’s directive, operation wealth creation has a target of 3million house holds per year.
With this target, all households will be covered by the end of this current term in office.
Before I end, I would like to emphasize a few other important issues;
I call upon all our development partners to respect our democracy and internal decisions.
International cooperation is based on mutual respect for each other with the understanding that no one is superior from the other.
Finally, COVID-19 is still here with us and it kills. Please do not forget to follow the preventive guidance given.
Always where your face mask, wash hands with soap all the time and maintain social distancing.
For the school children and institutions of higher learning, please ensure that the COVID-19 operating guidelines given are being followed all the time.
For God and My Country
Hon Judith Nabakooba (MP)
Min for ICT and National Guidnce.