UPDF Commander Land of Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has distanced himself from claims of torture, saying he will not be distracted from his work.
This followed claims by National Unity Platform (NUP) boss, Robert Kyagulanyi that Muhoozi participated in the torture of author Kakwenza Rukirabashaiza while in detention.
“When our brother Kakwenza Rukirabashaija visited me, he narrated to me the ordeal he went through under military detention on the orders of Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Keinerugaba,” alleged Bobi Wine on Twitter.
When our brother Kakwenza Rukirabashaija visited me, he narrated to me the ordeal he went through under military detention on the orders of Museveni's son, Muhoozi Keinerugaba. What you see here is just a small fraction of what they did to him! pic.twitter.com/UW9WLExa0v
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) February 6, 2022
However, Lt Col Chris Magezi, Director of Information UPDF Land Forces, described Bobi’s suggestions as “baseless.”
“NUP leader Bobi has in the last few days engaged in nefarious and baseless allegations against the UPDF CLF Gen. Kainerugaba, seeking to link the person of the General to some cases of torture in the country,” said Magezi.
“The claims are not only defective, they are full of deceit and malice aimed at lowering the image and credibility of the General in public standing,” he added.
He was on January 11, 2022 charged and remanded to Kitalya maximum prison.
The medical examination conducted by Uganda Prisons showed that Kakwenza, 33 was remanded with complaints of healing scars of wounds sustained before being remanded to prison.
The incidents of torture has sparked international outrage with the European Union and United States calling for action against perpetrators of such human rights abuses.
U.S. recently slapped sanctions on former military intelligence chief, Maj Gen Abel Kandiho over human rights violations of suspects held incommunicado.
Magezi said investigations into acts of torture are being investigated.
“While the authorities continue to review reported cases of torture, the General (Muhoozi) will not permit himself to be detracted by naysayers while he continues to implement his mandate as CLF and SPA/SO,” said Magezi.
Kakwenza was arrested at the end of last year, and charged with computer misuse.
Credit: Chimp Reports
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