The Minister of State for Internal Affairs Hon. Obiga Kania has said that torture in Uganda is an individual act, and that those involved in the act use institutions as a cover up.
Most of the reports that have been released by Uganda Human Rights Commission and other organizations have shown Uganda Police to be the leading human rights abuser, followed by the UPDF.
Speaking at the commemoration of international day in support of torture victims at in Kampala, Minister Kania said government is committed to end all acts of torture in Uganda.
“Government intends to implement all the international conventions that prohibit torture and also the prevention and prohibition of torture Act of 2012,” he said
The minister added that the 1995 constitution does not only provide freedom from torture as a human right but also a crime.
“It is not police that tortures,” Kania emphasized.
“It is an individual in police who does the act”
The minister revealed that Government lately has been encouraged by Uganda Human Rights Commission to provide interventions in form of regular training in police and other agencies and to take serious actions whenever there is an observance of abuse of Human rights.
His ministry, he said, is optimistic that all errant officers who have been implicated in torture will be subjected to the due process both in the disciplinary units and the mainstream Courts.
The chairman Uganda Human Rights Commission Mr Medi Kaggwa noted that while torture still persists, some progress has been made for instance the passing PPTA into law.
Kaggwa also called on ministry of finance to clear the outstanding arrears of torture victims.
“As of now the outstanding arrears are over 500 billion shillings in terms of compensation. The Ministry of finance as directed by the president should clear these amounts to enable survivors get required treatment,” he said