The Uganda prisons service spokesperson Frank Baine Mayanja has laughed off the torture allegations pressed against his institution which is believed to be directly involved in the ailing health state of Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya.
According to Baine who spoke on a TV program on Sunday, Ssegirinya is just an actor who is trying to lobby for attention. Baine believes that Ssegirinya as a politician is simply striving to elevate his political mileage by posturing as an object of torture.
“I don’t think the wounds on Ssegirinya’s feet are torture marks. The medical teams say that this is a sickness, and they are managing it,” Baine asserted. “We as an institution do not torture prisoners. Maybe if he was tortured in the process of arrest,” he added.
The health state of the Kawempe North law maker has become a subject of national debate, placing the NRM regime in the spotlight as architects of gross rights violations. Several political actors from across all divides have criticised the government for mishandling the state of Ssegirinya. The most recent prominent condemnation came from the deputy speaker Anita Among who tried to appeal to the judicial institution to relax the sanctions imposed against Hon. Ssegirinya. Anita seemed to insinuate that the legislator’s prayer to have himself flown abroad for proper medical attention should be granted.