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Ugandan army arrests soldiers for beating MPs

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The Ugandan army has arrested soldiers involved in the beating lawmakers and civilians who were in detention.

The MPs and other civilians were arrested this month for their alleged role in an attack on President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy.

The incident occurred on August 13 during a campaign for a parliamentary by-election in the town of Arua.

Among the MPs brutalized while in custody is the vocal MP, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine was unable to walk due to the torture he was subjected to.

He and other lawmakers arrested were freed on Monday by a court.

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They are facing charges of treason for the said attack on the President’s convoy. Series of protests had taken place over the arrests with deaths and injuries recorded.

There were calls for investigations and punishment for the soldiers who abused those detained. On Tuesday the army said some soldiers have been arrested. Their identities were not revealed though.

The army spokesman Richard Karemire says “We have apprehended all the (soldiers) who were involved in the incidents and they have been brought to book.”

What happened to suspects in custody? 

Meanwhile one of the MPs beaten while in detention, Kassiano Wadri has been speaking about what happened to them.

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The newly elected Ugandan MP told the BBC “We were locked up in a crowded cell on bare cement with a lot of mosquitoes feeding on us every other second, so we really suffered.”

“Those of us who were harassed and beaten by the police are a little better but the special guard for the president caused immense pain and torture to our people,” he adds.

Wadri revealed that Bobi Wine was arrested by the elite presidential guards and “tortured gravely”.





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