Police yesterday released 56 members of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, who were arrested mid this week and detained at the infamous Nalufenya in Jinja.
The opposition leaders and members were reportedly rounded up in a house in Magere, Kyaddondo by police and army officers and held at an undisclosed location.
These included Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat- an aspiring candidate for FDC Party President, who according to the party was consulting members about his candidature.
As pressure mounted from party leaders and relatives, police came out on Thursday and revealed that these were being detained at Nalufenya.
Yesterday a group of colleagues led by FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi went to the detention facility by most of them were denied entry.
Later in the evening, all the detaines were put on a bus and driven to Kasangati Police Station where they were released on Police bond.
Several of these however, claimed to have been tortured in detention at Nalufenya, and showed evidence of their scarred bodies.
FDC Secretary General says these kinds of arrests and maltreatment are unacceptable and that the party is considering taking this matter to court.
“We highly believe and note that these merciless arrests and detentions are definitely politically motivated master minded by the regime in power to stifle the activities of the opposition,” said Mafabi in a statement.
“The detainees have been released on Police bond, but they have signs and fresh of torture this is a matter that we will pursue legally.”
He added, “This unlawful harassment, torture, mistreatment , detention without charge and lengthy pre-trial detention of opposition leaders, members and supporters by the police and security forces should stop forthwith otherwise people are bound to take law in their own hands.”