The Uganda Human Rights commission has started investigating UPDF officers who beat up people indiscriminately in Kampala and Wakiso during the return of Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.
According to the Chairperson of the Commission Med Kagwa, the increasing brutality on civilians by men in uniform cannot be left unchallenged.
On Thursday last week, during the return of the Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, disturbing images of some officers of Uganda People’s defense Forces were captured in action caning civilians indiscriminately in some parts of Kampala and the surrounding areas.
These actions were latter on supported by the Minister for Security, General Elly Tumwine who argued caning does not cause more harm than shooting.
With all these violations of people’s rights, the Uganda Human Rights Commission is concerned with the increasing brutality on civilians by some officers of Uganda people’s defense forces disclosing that the commission has now started investigating the matter.
“We are concerned about the events that took place, we have started investigating them, who was tortured, who was leading those torturing? We do research and we have started on this one, our teams are already in some places over this issue,” Kagwa said.
Kagwa said they are focusing on specific events including one of a one Allan Ssewankambo alias Sweet Pepsi, who was clobbered by elite Special Forces Command (SFC) officers while in Magere where he and others were waiting to welcome Bobi Wine.
He also says that they will review the clip that shows officers beating a handcuffed man over a people power tshirt.