Human Rights Commission demands answers from government over Kaweesi murder suspects

Uganda Human Rights Commission has added its voice onto the list of stakeholders who have come out to blast government over the manner in which Kaweesi murder suspects were re-arrested following their release by the magistrates court on bail.

Addressing journalists on Friday, UHRC chairperson Medi Mulumba said there are a lot of unanswered questioned from government in regards to the ugly scenes on Tuesday.

“The manner in which the re-arrests were carried out was inhumane and degrading which clearly shows a gross violation of article 24 of the Constitution,”Mulumba said.

“We will not stop condemning such acts that violate human rights like the re-arresting of bailed persons which raises questions on whether the security agents had arrest warrants of whether their actions would not be a contempt of the court that granted bail.”

There was a scuffle as men in plain clothes arrested Ahmed Ssenfuka one of the suspects who had been released on bail by Nakawa magistrate’s court.

Ssenfuka made an alarm for help from by-passers and also tried to fight off his tormentors who were arm twisting him in a bid to handcuff him.

With the help of traffic police officers, the security operatives were able to handcuff Ssenfuka before bundling him into a waiting vehicle that took off to an unknown destination.

Later, the accused’s lawyers led by Geoffrey Turyamusiima said that in total, four people including Umaru Maganda, Ahmed Ssenfuka,Ibrahim Kisa and Abdul Majid Ojegere had been re-arrested and detained at unknown places.

Efforts by the lawyers to trace their clients proved futile as they failed to find them.

However, according to Uganda Human Rights Commission, it raises concerns that the four suspects have since their re-arrest been held incommunicado  in unknown places which contravenes  article 23(5) (a) and (b) which provides that their lawyers and next of kin should be allowed to access them.

The commission said that government through the ministry of Internal Affairs has a lot of unanswered questioned in regards to the incident on Tuesday.

“Government needs to tell us who the non- uniformed and gun wielding men who carried out the re-arrests .Which charges if any were they re-arrested for,” Uganda Human Rights Commission noted.

The commission also tasked government to reveal the places where the four suspects are detained on top of their health condition

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