KAMPALA, UGANDA – Uganda’s opposition Nationwide Unity Platform occasion has petitioned the U.N. Human Rights Workplace over alleged human rights violations and state-inspired abductions. Kinfolk say their family members stay lacking after they disappeared within the lead-up to January’s contested election. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who was reelected to a sixth time period, has referred to as the kidnapping experiences false and claims solely terrorists have been arrested.
The Nationwide Unity Platform occasion headquarters was stuffed Wednesday with kinfolk of people that’ve been reported lacking earlier than, throughout and after the January elections.
Crying moms and former kidnapped younger males shared their tales.
Ayebare Halima, mom of a three-week-old toddler and one other baby, described how on Jan. 24 seven law enforcement officials got here to her residence and arrested her at gunpoint. She mentioned she was then taken to police headquarters in Naguru, the place she was threatened and questioned concerning the whereabouts of her husband, Kenneth Mukasa Seguya.
Ayebare mentioned she was pregnant when law enforcement officials questioned her. As soon as they have been accomplished, she mentioned they instructed her to go residence however warned that in the event that they failed to search out her husband, they’d arrest her as a substitute. She mentioned, three days later, her husband referred to as and instructed her he had been arrested. Ayebare mentioned her husband was then introduced residence, the place law enforcement officials took “Folks Energy” branded T-shirts, some jackets and crimson berets. She mentioned they then left and took her husband, and she or he nonetheless doesn’t know the place he’s, or even when he’s alive.
Ayebare mentioned one of many arresting officers gave her a quantity she might name if she wished to know the place her husband was being taken. When she referred to as, nevertheless, the officer who answered then insulted her and warned her by no means to name the quantity once more.
Nationwide Unity Platform officers report that greater than 300 of their members countrywide stay lacking. It is for that reason occasion president Robert Kyagulanyi, higher often called Bobi Wine, is petitioning the United Nations Human Rights Workplace in Kampala. He mentioned it’s painful that Ugandans haven’t any native human rights establishment that may come to their rescue.
“Basic Museveni seems like Uganda is his compound. Uganda is his property. He has the proper to choose and kill anyone at his will. He has the proper to torture anyone, to homicide anyone. However we are saying, he doesn’t. And that’s the reason, we’re petitioning the United Nations,” Wine mentioned.
Nonetheless, Museveni in a safety handle on Saturday mentioned the alleged disappearances don’t mirror the tradition of the present regime or military management. In response to Museveni, the heavy deployment forward of the elections was as a result of he heard of plans by some legislation breakers to disrupt the elections.
“And within the case of Kampala, we additionally introduced a commando unit, which had distinguished itself in preventing in Somalia. And which had destroyed ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) it was deployed within the Kampala space. And this group rapidly defeated the terrorists who had began working right here. They killed a couple of, who had tried to assault them and arrested scores of these legislation breakers,” Museweni mentioned.
Heavy safety was deployed and roadblocks have been arrange on the route resulting in the U.N. Human Rights Workplace in Kampala. Six journalists sustained head accidents after being crushed by army law enforcement officials as they camped exterior the places of work.
A U.N. Human Rights officer, who requested anonymity when talking to VOA, mentioned the workplace wouldn’t remark concerning the petition because the instances are confidential.