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According to Mbabazi, torture is barbarous and unacceptably cruel.

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has added his voice to the rising chorus of people who oppose torture of civilians.

Torture cases have been on the rise recently, with critical writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija being imprisoned for criticizing President Museveni, and Commander Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba being the most recent victims.

Mbabazi told media at his house in Kololo that torture is not acceptable and that everyone should denounce it.

“I am a member of the NRM because I believe in its ideas and laws. One of the things we fought for was freedom for our people, regardless of their political beliefs, as well as a law-governed society in which we could live in peace with one another. As a result, torture is unacceptably cruel. “It’s against our legislation,” Mbabazi remarked.

Torture was common during Idi Amin’s reign because his security agencies lacked the competence to utilize legal ways to extract information from suspects, according to the former Minister of Defense, but it has no place in the present period.

“Torture is not a civilized method of achieving any goal.” It was widely used during Idi Amin’s reign, and it was ascribed to their inability to do a good job as a state. I believe the NRM government and NRM do not support torture. They should continue to condemn it and take bold, effective action to put an end to it,” he urged.

A number of people have spoken out against the use of torture by security authorities on suspects in their custody.

Following his arrest and detention for more than two weeks, Samuel Masereka, the NUP coordinator for Kasese district, filed a lawsuit against the government, alleging that he was tortured.

NUP officials recently revealed a list of more than 170 party supporters who they claim were tortured after being arrested by security forces.

Last year, President Museveni issued a warning to security agencies about human rights crimes, including torture.

“How come you beat up on a suspect?” Is it because you’re too tired to question him? These are, without a doubt, criminals. The cops had done an excellent job in apprehending these individuals, so why ruin it with this farce of a beating? Criminals can be convicted even if they don’t admit guilt but detectives do a good job,” Museveni remarked.

Despite the warning, however, acts of torture continue.


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