President Museveni Stern Warning Against Torture Still Stands


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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been very stern in condemning “lazy and undisciplined” security officers whoย  resort to torturing suspects in their custody as a quick means to extract information from them.

The Presidentย  has previously cautioned that individual culpritsย  who torture suspects under their custodyย  will be delt with, with a firm hand.

He condemns torture of suspects although it appears some kawukumiย  areย  watering down his stern call to abate the vice. He himselfย  has often referred to these individual perpetrators as kawukumi.

Over a couple of weeks, sections of the social media have been awash withย  scenes and images of torture victims allegedly under the hands of kawukumi.

“Evidence through torture is not reliable. Torture is unnecessary and wrong. It must not be used again if it all it was being used like I see some groups claim in the media,” the Presidentย  cautions.

“Confessions from criminals are not necessary if the investigators do their work well. You can use facts and circumstancial evidence,” heย  clarifies.

Undisputably,ย  these gross scenes are tarnishing Uganda’sย  image across the globe.ย  Hence, the long arm of the law must catch up with the individual culprits to account for their undesirable actions.

Against the backdrop of this, the European Union and the US Mission in Kampala haveย  issuedย  statements condemningย  torture of suspects. Their call is anotherย  voice added against torture and it is welcome.

However, the Opposition opportunists who are clutching to these rhetoricย  foreign statements for political gain are again losing it.

Domestic solutions for Domestic problems

The Opposition ought to recall that capitalizingย  on foreign rhetoric interferenceย  for their political relevancyย  ย exposes theirย  pettiness.

Ugandan problemsย  are betterย  addressed with Ugandan solutions.

Through a collective effort,ย  Ugandans shouldย  petition their leaders for accountability,ย  task them for results, engage them through lawful processes as they work on healing and reconciliation for all.




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