As the political tensions begin to relax with the security forces embarking on dumping the abducted civilians across towns and villages all over the nation, former detainees have intimated that they undergo routine intimidation from members of the same armed forces that dropped them back to the community.
Some of those engaged by our reporter prayed not to be put on record in fear of reprisals. We will not use their real names while packaging this piece.
Muzafalu (Not real name)
Mr. Muzafalu, a mechanic by profession says he still lives under fear with numerous anonymous calls jetting in. “I was ordered by abductors to refrain from speaking to the media. They said if they see my story or face surfacing on Television, they will come back for me and this time round they are to take my life,” confesses Muzafalu. “I was electrocuted on a daily. Fed on rotten food and made to sleep in cold water. I don’t want to go back to that life and please I beg you not to publish my photo or name in the news,” he cried out to our reporter.
Lubega (Not real name)
Lubega, an electrician in Kyengera, Wakiso district says he was blindfolded and dumped in the swamp in Mpigi where he was rescued by the villagers who rushed him to hospital. He says although he got back his freedom after having his nails plucked out and his testicles castrated with pliers, he still faces daily intimidation from members of the forces who vowed to keep trace of him. “My phone calls are monitored. They told me they will continue to follow me up even though I’m out of custody,” the 25 year old revealed. “I was directed to stay away from the news if I still need my life,” he adds.
The piece will be continued in a series format..