Friday, May 12, 2017

VIDEO: Grim torture images ignite anger against Ugandan police @IGPUganda @aKasingye @KagutaMuseveni @USAmbUganda @EuAmbSchmidt @AlJazeera @BBC @WSJ @CBC @Bloomberg @KenRoth @JustinTrudeau @Potus @Potus44

You will never claim that we did not tell you.  All these atrocities are happening on your watch.  You brushed off the Acholi genocide, the #Kasese massacre and now you dare to ignore this one.  President Yoweri Museveni and his General Kale Kayihura (IGP Police) are killing Ugandans and torturing many and you still fund them.  Be assured that even after me, people will tell how cruel and heartless you were to Ugandans.  We will never remember our enemies.
In fact, USA and EU are the worst friends to ever have.  There are 2 American kids who were kidnapped and are being held in Uganda against their will and for 2+ years they have not seen their father who lives in Long Beach California and is one of your own service men.  So, when you all pretend that you care about Ugandans, I can pull up a lot of information to show the world that you do not even care about your own.  The Internet is wide and most of you are on it.
Many thanks to Al Jazeera for that interview in Doha.  Many thanks to BBC for keeping Africa on channel.  The other media houses also now know that the man the world thinks brought peace to Africa is a war monger.  My dying wish will have a clause that all the donors disclose how much money they gave to Museveni as Ugandans were being tortured and killed.  I am not afraid of death for I will die for my people to show the world that some things are worth dying for.  You have caused too much suffering for my people.  Being a Canadian does not protect me from the atrocities of Uganda. 
All the articles, pictures, stories and videos I have accumulated online will only vanish when Google goes out of business.  Oh yes, I have ensured that everything is on the Internet.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Photos circulating online show detained mayor hospitalised with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles.
Security forces have been accused of torturing suspects they've taken into custody [File: Goran Tomasevi/Reuters]
Ugandan rights activists say grisly images of the torture of a detained politician showing septic wounds on his body highlight escalating brutality and impunity by the country's security personnel.
Pictures began circulating online and in local media on Thursday of Geoffrey Byamukama, mayor of a small town in western Uganda, lying on a hospital bed with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles, and bruises elsewhere on his body.
Eric Rugira - a friend of Byamukama who visited him in the hospital where he is being treated and held - said Byamukama had told him the wounds came from "hours of torture" at the hands of police shortly after his arrest.
"He is in a terrible shape," Rugira said.
The images of Byamukama have elicited widespread anger and denunciation from Ugandans on social media. He was arrested on April 5 on suspicion he had participated in the murder of a senior police official, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, on March 17.
Security services deny accusations of using torture to wring confessions from suspects.
President Yoweri Museveni, 72, has often expressed support for his top police boss, whom he has praised for helping contain protests against his government.
Police spokesman Asan Kasingye said two security personnel had been arrested in connection with Byamukama's torture but gave no further details.
"We do not condone torture ... it is not our method of work," he told Reuters news agency.
Sarah Birete, programme director at the Centre for Constitutional Governance, disagreed.
"Torture to get information from suspects is the standard now and we are yet to see more. This is typical in an illegitimate regime where impunity reigns," she said, adding police have also been accused of kidnappings and robberies.
A total of 22 suspects have so far been charged in connection with Kaweesi's murder, although Byamukama was not among those charged. Some have appeared in court shirt-less, their bodies also showing what appeared to be torture marks.
Some government critics have pointed to rivalry among various top security officials and said the murder was possibly an assassination by Kaweesi's enemies within the police.
Museveni, in power since 1986, won re-election last year in a disputed poll that several international observers said lacked credibility and transparency.
"We appear to be going back to the dark days ... when extrajudicial measures were being used to resolve crime," said Nicholas Opiyo, a rights lawyer and activist.

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