The National Unity Platform party says they are to dispatch a team of investigators to traverse all prisons countrywide to have a first hand experience of what their supporters undergo while in custody. This development comes in light of what the Kawempe North MP elect Ssegirinya Muhammad has undergone while in Kitalya prison cells where many NUP supporters are in custody.
This was Tuesday reiterated by the party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi who was responding to the deplorable conditions their supporters are undergoing behind the walls of Kitalya.”Myself, the president Hon. Kyagulanyi and the secretary general David Lewis Rubongoya were cordoned off the premises of Kitalya,” Ssenyonyi says. “The warders told us we are fond of whistleblowing and exposing what happens behind the walls. So they asked us not to return to the cells unless we are inmates too,” he reveals.
Ssenyonyi adds that the party has observed that most of the people who are freed from these cells return with injuries and a very huge change in their lives. “Majority return when limping, their skins having infections and things like that. Ssegirinya left while healthy but see how he returned,” he reiterated. “As a party, we are going to get to the core of this. We will dispatch our own team to investigate what goes on behind the walls of Kitalya and other prisons,” he added.
MP Zaake Francis Butebi who on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to Kitalya says he was broken down by the frail state of their supporters. ”They are denied decent medical attention. I saw the condition of the PA to Hon. Kyagulanyi, Don Sheriff Najja who was quietly rushed to a clinic in Mityana when he collapsed in prison,” Zaake says. “Dan Magic is very sick, many of them are not well. I am tabling a human rights report to parliament regarding the state of inmates,” he adds