I was tortured by CMI to near death- NUP registrar

Mr Joel Ssenyonyi, the National Unity Platform spokesperson, yesterday said hundreds of their supporters have been held since January last year and have never been released to date. 

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Mr Masereka (red jersey) being helped by NUP officials to walk. COURTESY PHOTO.

National Unity Platform (NUP) party registrar in Kasese District, Mr Samuel Masereka, says he was tortured by security operatives at Chieftaincy for Military Intelligence (CMI) in Mbuya, Kampala.

Mr Masereka who was limping and had visible wounds and scars all over his body, was Monday presented by party leader to journalists before claiming that the security officers had beaten him and his other detainees.  

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“I was arrested on January 7 and they took me to police. They then transferred me to CMI where they started torturing me for 21 days. I started vomiting blood and at some point lost consciousness,” Mr Masereka said. He added that his captors wanted to know what NUP was up to.

Mr Joel Ssenyonyi, the party spokesperson, yesterday said hundreds of their supporters have been held since January last year and have never been released to date. 

He said others died shortly after they were released due to the torture they experienced.
Mr Masereka said he chose to go public about his situation because “if we continue to keep quiet, more people are going to be tortured.”

Using his social media handles,Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine the party president yesterday posted: “The regime may amuse itself for hurting us in this way, but these are signs that they are on the way out. In the evening of every evil regime, they always resort to widespread torture to silence opponents, but it never saves them.”

Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, however advised the victim to report the matter for investigations to commence.
“That is a matter which can be investigated because we don’t condone any kind of torture on suspects. If they fear to approach the police, they can engage the Human Rights Commission which will engage the IGP (Inspector General of Police) to have the matter followed up so that those found culpable are held responsible,” Mr Enanga said.

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