Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has said that his lawyers in the process of gathering more evidence to hold personally responsible the security officials who were caught on camera beating up his supporters on Thursday when he arrived in the country.
Bobi Wine in the statement issued on Friday said such behaviour should not be allowed to continue in Uganda wondering if those who carried out the attack are really Ugandans.
“What kind of human beings are these? Are these our brothers and sisters? Are they Ugandans? Of course, as they did all this, they foolishly thought that no one was watching,” Bobi Wine said.
He added that he watched a video footage where security forces were beating up people in Kasangati for no clear reasons.
“Since yesterday [Thursday], I have been trying to wrap my mind around that video showing soldiers beating up people with herding sticks in Kasangati. One man commonly known as Sweet Pepsi was badly beaten and his head was bleeding profusely. I have talked to him this evening and he is still in pain, although improving,” he added.
He added that the video footage also shows the security forces beating up minors who were supposed to protected by their tormentors.
“They are heard jeering and insulting him as they kick him, punch him and do all sorts of things to him. One of them is seen displaying a red t-shirt and as if that’s a crime, he launches another attack on the innocent citizen of Uganda! You can hear him groan in pain, but these police officers, shamelessly putting on our national flag, will have none of that,” he adds.
He hailed patriotic Ugandans who recorded the video and encouraged more Ugandansto record such barbaric act.
“ I must salute whoever recorded the video and I encourage all of you friends to always record these violations. The camera is sometimes the only weapon we have to bring these crimes to the attention of the world. Twebelelemu!” He argued.
He continued that such footage will be used as evidence against the perpetrators of such crimes.
“Whenever we talk about these things, you see some regime apologists quickly come out to deny and ask for proof. After torturing you, they come out and say you are lying against them. Yet these are the things that happen at these facilities every hour, every minute! And do you see how one of them laughs with satisfaction after beating up a fellow citizen? This is what I cannot understand. How do they sleep at night after doing this? What do they tell their children? That they are coming from work?” he wondered.
Bobi Wine further said that he requested his legal team to identify the officers involved and take legal action against them in their individual capacity in order to show the example to rest of the security forces.
“We are also gathering evidence to strengthen the case we filed at the United Nations Committee Against Torture. In the meantime, all citizens of Uganda must rise up and condemn this level impunity. I have said many times that not all security personnel are this brutal. I hope those who still have some values can join the nation in condemning the rogues who work amongst them.” He revealed.
He called on security forces to treat all Ugandans with dignity and desist from torturing people who pays them.
“You don’t want to put on a uniform or identity with a force whose image is being soiled by these rogue elements! Uganda is for all of us. We cannot continue to be treated like this in our own country. NO. We are not slaves. We deserve to be treated with dignity and only we the people can put an end to this madness.
We shall overcome,” he added.