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Jailed Police Boss Agasirwe Faces Fresh Torture, Kidnap Accusations

With the General Court Martial yet to try jailed Assistant Superintendent of Police Nixon Agasirwe over charges of kidnap and torture, another woman is accusing him of torturing and kidnapping her.

The vice chairperson of the FDC youth league, Ms Zeridah Kakayi, yesterday said Mr Agasirwe arrested her on May 11, 2016 during defiance prayers organised by her party at Christ the King Church in Kampala.

Ms Kakayi said she was then whisked to a waiting car from where she was tortured and later dumped in Oding Village, Gulu District, half-naked, to portray her as a mad person, five days.

“… I was beaten like a snake, injected with drugs I did not know. I was only rescued by people who found me on the street and helped me to reach my family. I sustained both physical and psychological injuries and I was diagnosed with backbone dislocation,” she said.

Ms Kakayi says initially she had not known the identity of her tormentors until she recognized the photograph of Mr Agasirwe following his arrest for allegedly kidnapping the former body guard of Rwanda President Paul Kagame.

She says she has since last year between receiving treatment in Nairobi but says she is set to travel to UK for further treatment since experiences blurred vision and difficulty in walking.

Ms Kakayi says she has sued the government for torture.

She was speaking at the launch of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) Quarterly Rule of Law report 2017 in Kampala.

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The chief guest, Justice Yasin Nyanzi regretted the incident and vowed to ensure that those defying the rule of law are prosecuted.

“Unfortunately, the current realisation is that credibility of judiciary to guarantee the rule of law has been undermined by corruption and lack of effective access to justice and among other limitations. In Uganda, building an independent and vibrant judiciary is still an on-going struggle because we are continuously advocating for passing of the Judiciary Administration Bill which law is supposed to operationalize the structural and financial autonomy of the Judiciary,” Justice Nyanzi said.

ULS president Francis Gimara said torture is against the rule of law.

“…there is tremendous distrust that the Uganda police or army officers could properly investigate and carry out impartial inquiry into torture perpetrated by their own respective colleagues. Given that some higher ranking officers are complicit in the wrong doings of their subordinates and that when they have been called to investigate torture and ill-treatment, they have attempted to discourage the complainants and in some cases they have intimidated and threatened them. These officers cannot be trusted to carryout proper investigations,” Mr Gimara said.

He revealed that ULS has set up the Anti -Torture cluster to help in dealing with torture issues in the country.

 

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