Samuel Masereka of the National Unity Platform (NUP) was arrested on intelligence that he was cooperating with the ADF rebel group, according to Minister for ICT and National Guidance Chris Baryomunsi.
Security traced messages and the government has evidence that Masereka’s mobile number was being used to connect with the ADF rebels, Baryomunsi said during a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre on Wednesday.
“He was sending communication claiming they were going to kill the CDF, General Kandiho, and a host of other people,” Baryomunsi told journalists.
The ICT minister stated that the government conducts all of its operations in accordance with intelligence, and that the ADF and its elements would not be flashed out of the country.
“In fact, we’re going to step up our hunt to make sure the ADF is flushed out,” Baryomunsi continued.
Masereka, a Kasese District NUP cordinator, emerged earlier this month with evident scars and signs of torture, claiming that he was detained because of his NUP political membership.
Masereka told journalists at their NUP offices last week that while in jail, he was probed about NUP’s plans and funders before being tortured and then released.
The NUP Kasese Cordinator filed a lawsuit against the government and the former Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) commander, Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, earlier this week.
Following the ordeals of Masereka and writer Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, the Ugandan government has been under pressure from civil society groups and international development partners such as the United States and the European Union for cases of torture.
Baryomunsi, on the other hand, described this as “excitement” and stated that the government does not require outside intervention in its operations.
“We don’t need any lectures on human rights,” Baryomunsi added. “I’ve seen several embassies writing to us in enthusiasm, and we don’t need lessons.”