The United States Mission in Uganda has in a statement slammed the government of the republic of Uganda over the persistent disregard for the rule of law and democracy.
Issued on Friday February 4, the US with concern called for the accountability of the atrocities committed by security forces in the Ugandan army and police.
“Recurring credible accounts of force disappearance, arbitrary detention, and use of physical and mental torture of Ugandan citizens by the security forces reflect poorly on the government and undermine the constitution of the Republic of Uganda, which under article 24 states, ‘No person shall be subjected to any form of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’,” reads part of the US statement on the state of democracy in Uganda.
The US statement comes at a time when the state of democracy is continuing to deteriorate in Uganda. Armed men in uniform are restlessly continuing to witch hunt and terrorize civilians with impunity.
It should be well remembered last year in August, Gen. Museveni in a televised address came out to caution all men in uniform to refrain from indulging in torturing of unarmed civilians.
“Don’t bark at people, don’t beat people, even criminals you are not allowed to beat anybody, not even the children. There shouldn’t be any reason of killing Ugandans other than during fighting,” he guided. “Why do you beat a prisoner because you are too lazy to interrogate him?,” he said further in an August 14, 2021 speech where he cautioned security forces.
However, his calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears as members of the forces have gone on to torment and torture citizens. The ordeal of celebrated writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija and NUP Kasese coordinator Samuel Masereka depict a lot about the aggression of the Ugandan armed forces.