At least 200 Ugandans who have been victims of torture in safe houses presided over by Col. Kaka Bagyenda have cried to human rights bodies to formally investigate and apprehend the sacked ISO boss for his crimes.
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The victims have argued that the sacking of Col. Bagyenda is not enough to dry off the tears they underwent while in captivity in safe houses in Kyengera and Kalangala. The torture victims have reached out to the renowned human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo of Chapter Four Uganda law firm to offer legal assistance so they can have Kaka brought to book. “There are very many victims of torture. People who have been in safe houses superitended by Mr. Kaka Bagyenda,” Counsel Nicholas Opiyo told journalists this morning. “Mr. Bagyenda must be tried for his crimes. We are compiling a list of his victims so we can officially file a case and have him apprehended,” he added.
One of the torture victims who spoke to this site under anonymity for fear of reprisals said he was abducted against his will in the year, 2018. “I was captured along Rubaga road just as I headed to my routine duties,” he says. “My captors blindfolded me soon as I got off a Boda Boda and placed me in their waiting numberless Noah van in broad daylight,” he adds.
The victim recounts his ordeal while in the safe house. “I was suspended in air. My hands and legs were tied to a door from dusk till dawn. I regained my freedom after one full year in dire conditions. The lighting is dim, the place stinks, we feed on just one meal a day and that’s raw porridge,” he adds as tears roll out of his eyes. “If there’s any person I want to see in a court dock in Uganda before I die, that is Kaka Bagyenda. When I look at the scars tattooed all over my body, my blurry sight, I can’t imagine myself breathing the same air with him,” he adds.
The troubled ISO boss has for the past two years been in the spotlight following the leakage of the gross human rights violations that ensues in his safe houses. Trouble escalated when a parliamentary committee attempted to reach out to one of the safe houses in Kyengera but Kaka successfully blocked the visiting MPs and asked them to vacate. The next day on plenary, the security Minister, Gen. Elly Tumwiine told legislators to back off what he termed as sensitive issues. “Not everything is open to everyone. Even in your house, there are areas with limitations,” Tumwiine told MPs in July 2019 as they probed into what ensues in safe houses.