Guy Smith Milton, a US citizen who settled in Uganda for over a decade remains in security custody since his arrest close to a month back, this site has learnt. Guy was brutally rounded up by plain clothed security operatives at his residence in Fort Portal. He was seized and bundled into a Toyota Hiace vehicle and hurriedly driven to the Special Investigations Unit headquarters in Kireka, Kampala.
Despite efforts by the US embassy officials to sweet talk and convince the Ugandan government to drop the charges of subversion slapped on Milton, there have neve been any positive gain from the negotiations.
Guy’s family tried to sue the Ugandan security forces for illegally detaining their bread winner but still to-date, court has never issued a habeas corpus order.
Bobi Wine speaks out
I join the family, friends and lawyers of Guy Milton Smith in demanding for his unconditional release from illegal detention. Guy, an American national was picked up by a drone on 21st March, 2021 in Fort Portal, Western Uganda. For over a month now, he has been held incommunicado. The police claimed he was arrested for being involved in subversive anti-government activities. To date, he has not been produced in court. Guy joins countless Ugandans who are languishing in jails, ‘safe-houses’ and police cells across the country without trial.
The Constitution of Uganda demands that a person arrested over any crime, must be produced before court within 48 hours of arrest. The breakdown of constitutionalism and the rule of law has brought us to this point where the law means nothing to those who rule over us.
We must pile pressure and continue to demand for our rights and freedoms. We must pursue the struggle for freedom in earnest. Human rights must be respected because as we have seen, each one of us is a potential victim of a lawless state. You never know when your turn will be in this state of affairs.