Army Condemns Act Of Torture In Lira

The alleged thief was beaten, stripped, dishonored, and mutilated by a mob
The alleged thief was beaten, stripped, dishonored, and mutilated by a mob

Uganda’s army, the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has condemned the act in which a civilian was allegedly found vandalizing a military vehicle and tied saying the force was not in any way involved in the act.

According to a press statement issued by the UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the army has called on members of the public to desist from “from taking the Laws in their hands”

UPDF Spokesperson Paddy Ankunda
UPDF Spokesperson Paddy Ankunda

Ugandan media on Thursday carried a picture of a man tied to the front of an army truck. The man, alleged to be a thief was beaten, stripped, dishonored, and mutilated by a mob.

However, Ankunda in his statement issued on the same day says “That much as the military truck was misused by the criminal mob, on which the victim was tied and maltreated, the Force was not involved in any way in this violation and investigations are under way for possible legal action against the civilians involved”

He also extended his sympathy to the victim and family for the pain and embarrassment inflicted on him.

Below is Lt Col Ankunda’s Statement

UPDF CONDEMNS ACT OF TOUTURE IN LIRA

The UPDF has learned with regret the torture of unidentified Civilian in Lira town on June 10, 2014. The alleged thief was beaten, stripped, dishonored, and mutilated by a mob that later tied him on a UPDF stationary lorry that was under repair in a civilian workshop in Lira.

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Under the pretext that the alleged thief was vandalizing the UPDF Lorry that was in custody of civilian Mechanics, the citizen’s human rights were seriously violated contrary to legitimate procedures for handling cases. 

Cognizant of an absolute right against torture, Laws against invasion on one’s privacy and the Law against mob justice, the UPDF condemns this act and calls on the public to desist from taking the Laws in their hands.

The UPDF clarifies that much as the military truck was misused by the criminal mob, on which the victim was tied and maltreated, the Force was not involved in any way in this violation and investigations are under way for possible legal action against the civilians involved. 

The UPDF extends its gratitude to the Uganda Police Force that responded on time to rescue the victim who was later taken to Lira referral Hospital, from where he is said to have since escaped.

The Force extends sympathy to the victim and his family for pain and embarrassment inflicted on him. We wish him a quick recovery.

As part of Uganda’s Ministry of Defence mission, the UPDF is committed to guaranteeing the non-violability of the people’s rights and ensuring the rule of law.

PADDY ANKUNDA
Lt Col
DEFENCE/UPDF SPOKESMAN

 

9 thoughts on “Army Condemns Act Of Torture In Lira

  1. This is a strange one, degrading and a sign of retrogression in civility. If prisons are there, why then do this? Criminals are everywhere in the world but institutions are established to settle such deviance. Given that the vehicle is for army, it is strongly likely that it was done by the soldiers. Let the world observe if action will be taken.

  2. I like the part… that responded on time to rescue the victim who was later taken to Lira referral Hospital, from where he is said to have since escaped.

    That guy is crazy!

  3. I stand to be corrected if I am wrong. Is not this alleged thief tied on a army vehicle? Where were the owners of the vehicle by that time, I mean if they are not responsible of this degrading act? Strange! Plz M7, bring those responsible before justice.

  4. My goodness! If indeed the UPDF think they have completely defeated the north, I honestly think they are mistaken. This is exactly what started the rebellion in the north soon after they(NRA) took over in 1986. May I remind the UPDF that the worst is yet to come. I’m disgusted.

  5. Now, do I not read that the military truck was in a civilian repair shop and that one gentleman whose name and ethnicity has not been specified was caught in the act of stealing parts from the army truck, subsequent to which he was subjected to some humiliating experience, not by soldiers but by civilians? Now, look down and see the tangent off which Andrew has plied!!! So, what has that got to so with the Army? Aren’t petty thieves being lynched everyday – all over the country – by you civilians? Have we not seen bicycle thieves with bicycles they will have stolen tied around their necks and being paraded around neighbourhoods to humiliate them? Has the same thing not happened for chicken thieves, goat thieves etc? Is it the Army that has been doing all that?

    I am sure if that chap had been caught cannibalising a diocesan vehicle for the holy cross or whatever fathers, he would have been treated in exactly the same manner. Would it then be the priests’ fault or even business? Would we have meandered off to politicise the matter like we are shamelessly doing here? Given chance, I would rule you lot for 50 years plus a bonus. Reason: You are too small-minded….all of you, Andrew and all. And I am just a mere Retired Lance Corporal!

    1. I like your reasoning, though your reasoning does not justify the action that is crude and evil. As a matter of fact mob justice is an abuse of human rights of existence.

  6. Actually if it is true that this man was got stealing he must be thankful to the Lira mob that he is still alive, otherwise if it was another place he would have been burnt alive!

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