Jacob Chepsikor, the Amolatar District Police Commander confirmed the incident, saying security is doing all that is required to ensure the law takes its course. He says they have entered a case of torture against the suspects at Amolatar CPS vide SD Ref. 38/02/03/2021.
Amolatar district are holding one of their own and two UPDF soldiers accused of
torturing a suspect to near-death while in custody. The police officer has only
been identified as Osigire, the officer in charge of the Criminal
Investigations Department (CID) at Namasale Police Station.
The identities of the soldiers, who are attached to Namasale
army barracks haven’t been disclosed. The trio is said to have tortured 34-year-
old Hassan Kavire Alira, a resident of Anoga village in Acii sub-county
Amolatar district following his arrest for theft of household property.
It is alleged that shortly after his arrest; Osigire picked the suspect from
the cells, tied him on a tree and started torturing him together with the two
soldiers. The suspect’s condition deteriorated because of the torture prompting
his wife to demand his immediate release through the Community Liaison Officer
to enable him access treatment. Alira was then released and transferred to
Amolatar HCIV, where he is currently receiving treatment.
He told URN on his sickbed at Amolatar HCIV that the
officers, whom he described as ruthless, subjected him to burning flames under
the command of Osigire.
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Cue out: … joo opwod eno.”//
With tears rolling down her cheeks, his wife Jennet Akite
explained that the OC CID has oftentimes blocked her from seeing her husband.
//Cue in: “Ka atera adwonga …
Cue out: … center Iv kan.”//
Jacob Chepsikor, the Amolatar District Police Commander
confirmed the incident, saying security is doing all that is required to ensure
the law takes its course. He says they have entered a case of torture against
the suspects at Amolatar CPS vide SD Ref. 38/02/03/2021.
North Kyoga Region police spokesperson, James Ekaju, says the suspect reportedly
resisted arrest, which led to a scuffle between him and the officers. He said that
much as the security officers have been charged with torture, the police are yet to
do thorough investigations into the matter.
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Between 2012 and 2016, the Uganda Human Rights Commission received over 1,000
complaints of police-orchestrated torture. Uganda is party to the United
Nations Torture Convention and one of only 10 African countries with
anti-torture legislation. Sadly, there is a wide gap between the
aspirations of the documents and implementing the obligations to end torture in