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”
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.
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.