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Police Harsh on Citizens – Global Rights Body

The Prime Minister, dosage http://darkfey-temple.org/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday launched the construction of Jakana Heights luxury Condominium apartments on top of Konge hill in Buziga, visit this site Wakiso District.

During the ground breaking ceremony, http://darioergas.org/wp-admin/includes/comment.php Dr Rugunda said the investment was timely because the country needs many quality housing units.

Dr Rugunda applauded Jakana Heights Condominium property investors from United Kingdom for choosing to invest in Uganda.

He said Government takes the housing sector seriously because it has a major multiplier effect in the economy of the country.

“Government on its part has created an environment of liberal investment climate, with 100 percent repatriation of profits, and tax holidays, to encourage inflow of foreign direct investment,” the Premier said.

The plan outlines are for 78 exclusive luxury units and penthouses, swimming pool and spa center with top range modern style finishes.

The sales are aimed at Ugandans locally, as well as those living in the diaspora and already 10 percent of the units have been sold before groundbreaking.

The Chief Executive Officer Jakana Heights, Clive Kenford thanked Government for the friendly investment climate, adding that Uganda has the best potential for growth.


He said part of the marketing strategy was to promote Uganda as a safe investment destination for international investors.

The total sales of the project expected to be completed by December, 2017 are estimated to be United States Dollars 10 million.
Ugandan police have arbitrarily arrested political opposition leaders and used excessive force to disperse peaceful political gatherings, capsule http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-callables.php hindering the ability of Ugandans to receive information and engage with politicians in the lead-up to elections, this web http://demo.des.net.id/wp-includes/cron.php according to a new Amnesty International report.

The report, “We come in and disperse them”, that was launched on Monday, documents a range of human right violations between July and October 2015.

It is based on 88 interviews with torture victims, eyewitnesses and senior police officers, as well as analysis of video footage.

Fatuma Zainab, was mishandled and dragged along the ground by police officers until her clothes started coming off
Fatuma Zainab, was mishandled and dragged along the ground by police officers until her clothes started coming off

“Members of the political opposition, including their presidential candidates, have been repeatedly placed under “preventive arrest” and police have indiscriminately fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators,” the reports notes.

“All Ugandans must be free to attend political rallies and engage with candidates, regardless of their political affiliations,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“The Ugandan authorities must put an immediate end to the harassment and torture of political opponents and urgently, thoroughly and transparently investigate the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators. Anyone found responsible for these violations must be brought to justice,” she added.

The global human rights body has urged the Ugandan government to publish guidelines on policing assemblies, including the use of tear gas, which meet international standards.

Cited Cases

On July 9, 2015 two leading political opposition presidential candidates, Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi  were put under arrest.

Although they were released on the same day, their arrests prevented them from holding planned consultations with voters.

Amama Mbabazi’s head of security, Christopher Aine, was arrested in Kampala on September 14, 2015. He claims to have been hit with iron bars and canes while in detention.

According to Amnesty International, when they interviewed him on the day after his release, his body was covered in cuts and bruises and showed evidence of torture.

Kizza Besigye was stopped by police when he tried to travel to Rukungiri in Western Uganda on October 10 and members of his team were arrested.

Fatuma Zainab, was dragged along the ground by police officers until her clothes started coming off.

The police have frequently used excessive force to break up political gatherings organized by political opposition parties.

A video obtained by Amnesty International shows police hurling tear gas canisters and indiscriminately firing rubber bullets into a peaceful crowd in the town of Soroti.

“The authorities must take action to rein in the police in the run up to the elections and ensure that their actions conform to both national and international standards,” Muthoni Wanyeki said.

“Peaceful gatherings should be allowed to take place unhindered and the use of force against people attending them cannot be tolerated. Attempts by police to justify their actions are disturbing and unacceptable,” said Muthoni Wanyeki.

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