President Museveni has called on the security forces to stop torturing suspected criminals.

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President Museveni has called on the security forces to stop torturing suspected criminals, if they had been doing it as reported by some groups in media

President Museveni


15th May, 2017
The Chief of Defence Forces
UPDF Headquarters
The Inspector General of Police
Police Headquarters
Director General of Intelligence Services
This is in order to enlighten you about the use of torture on suspected criminals (okutatsya) in the fight against crime.

In our traditional societies, torture was commonly used and it was not only accepted but, actually, encouraged. Hence, the proverbs like: “Akabwa kaiba kaihura omugoongo gwaako” in Runyankore and “Akabwa kabbi, kasasula mugoongo” in Luganda. In both dialects, it means that “a stealing dog pays with its back”, i.e. by being struck with sticks (enkoni, emiggo) on the back.
Traditional ideas, however, had their own mistakes in many instances. That is why, those ideas that are not consonant with logic should be abandoned. To take one example, in many of the African Societies, marriages were arranged by parents for the young couples. The couples had no say in the matter. This was because in the no nonsense traditional society, marriage was a strictly scientific matter designed to produce off-springs that had no emize (hereditary defects physiologically and behavior wise). These would be defects like asthma, epilepsy and behavioural weaknesses like cowardice, greed, spendthrifts (ababagyi) etc. The idea of love among the intended couples never entered the equation. There was okurigyira (to appreciate the beauty of) or okusiima (to appreciate the qualities of). This was, however, by the parents or persons deployed by them.

Today, however, all enlightened people know that the traditional concerns notwithstanding, love among the couple is paramount. It is, therefore, clear that torture in order to extract confessions (okutatsya) has three possible mistakes that may even interfere with the fight against crime. Number one, you may torture the wrong person, somebody who is totally innocent. This is very unfair. Secondly, somebody may admit guilt when he is innocent in order to be spared being tortured. This will make the real criminal escape in order to commit more crimes later. Thirdly, confessions by the criminals are not necessary. Even if the suspects do not admit their guilt, if the investigators do their work well (finger-prints, photo-graphs, DNA tests, eye-witnesses, the use of other scientific methods, the use of dogs etc), the criminals can get convicted.
Therefore, the use of torture is unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again if it was being used as I see some groups claiming in the media. Of course, the criminals are most annoying by using the cowardly but shallow methods of the boda bodas, taking advantage of the large number of vehicles and people in order to commit crime and hide. That, however, should not make us panic and go back to the defective traditional methods of okutatsya. We defeated Lakwena, we defeated Kony who was being heavily supported by external elements, we defeated the ADF that was, again, being heavily supported by foreigners, we defeated the UPA of Teso and disarmed the Karimojong cattle-rustlers by removing 40,000 rifles from them. We cannot fail to cope with cowards using boda bodas to kill people who are peacefully sitting in their cars or walking along the streets. With a little adjustment, we shall avenge the deaths of: Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga, Prosecutor Kagezi, Hajji Daktur Muwaya, Sheik Jowat Madangu, Sheikh Yusuf Ssentamu, Sheik Yunis Sentuga, Hajji Mohammed Sebagala, Tito Okware, Constable Driver Wambewo Godfrey, Cpl Erau Kenneth, No. 1404 SPC Karim Tenywa, No. 54812 PC Babale Muzamiro, Owori John Steven, No. 44957 Cpl Owori Julius, SPC Isiko, Macho Steven, Okumu Ronald, Sheik Rashid Wafula, Major Kiggundu and AIGP Kawesi.
Our annoyance with these criminals should not make us opt for defective short-cuts. These are hardened criminals by default who think that by denying they can kill and escape accountability. However, we shall get them using patient means of evidence but not through torture because evidence through torture is not reliable.
Yoweri K. Museveni
Copy to: H.E. the Vice President
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister
Minister of Internal Affairs
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs
Minister for the Presidency
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Information, Communication and Technology

11 Answers
Kinn V Vick answered 3 months ago

Uganda 2 day is at its toe where most innocent People pay 4 the few wrong doers in the gov’t, i thnk fooling through the media has nothing 2 do with security “they know bt torturing an individual in disguise”. God Save Ma Mother Land Uganda!


Joseph Sentongo answered 3 months ago

Although his orders to torture suspects were not written and made public, at least his pretense at stopping the torture has been documented. Like the saying that a leopard cannot change its spots, an unpopular dictatorship cannot change its work methods.

Kibirige Abubaker answered 3 months ago

Torture of suspects as a way of forcing information from them is a sign of cowardice, unprofessionalism, laziness and uncultured/indiscipline on the part of our forces. It is also unfortunate that such characters exhibited by the police/forces go unpunished. You may also wonder whether the tortures are not a cover to conceal evidence in a way that when the suspects give in.they will be brought to court with the false evidence.

Sammy Ok answered 3 months ago

Kano kamanyiyiro Kenyini! If u don’t know what is done by your security guys who should know? Take your self innocent in all circumstances but there is time to prove your innocence, U guys don’t think u will run away without answering qnz from the citizens, we are just praying for that time. Your government is full of terrorists, murderers, giving poison in NRM is like breast feeding, theft, government officials have stolen all country resources, they will soon steal ladies sanitary pads. Oh God save us from these wolves.

Mayanja Kalanzi answered 3 months ago

I can’t believe that up to now M7 is still applying statements like must stop if it’s being used i see some groups “claiming” in the media but away M7 I think u should apply the same means of cracking people who oppose ur govt that go through being that wen someone says some abt ur governance they are arrested there n then if that system is diverted to criminal but not political opponents  Uganda shall be crime free.

Richard Jordan Ssekitto answered 3 months ago

Please M7 and the general public, kayihura is being more deconstructive than helpful to the success of police. His means of approach are so rudimentary! Barely has he delivered to even a lay man’s expectations. I don’t know why he is IGP!

Watuwa Jim answered 3 months ago

High sugar prices, corruption, poor education, injustice in places where justice owed to have existed, slave trade, arresting and torturing of innocent citizens, hunger, poverty, Stardandlack of jobs, oppression to citizens by those in authority, high exchange rates, inflation, lack of money in circulation, high rent rates and low pay to teachers and lecturers and so on;
All people to whom belongs the power are invited to come and we solve this puzzle on Monday 22nd/May/2017 on Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala at Exactly10 AM East Standardtime. All power belongs to the people. For God and My Country.

Christopher George answered 3 months ago

Use of enhancement interrogation methods against suspected criminals are perceived as acts of abuse of human rights by civil society organizations.

You really amuse me. Coz the kind of people we deal with don\’t care about your rules. All they care about are results.

Me when, activated / brought into a situation the objective of my mission is to have it completed at all costs. Even if it means breaking the law.

The difference a combat soldier and civilians is our ability to adapt to our enemies.

Take or leave it.

Eddie Waswa answered 3 months ago

you mean some of the things happening in Uganda are going on without the President’s consent??? Then Kayihura should Resign…that’s incompetence under Kayihura’s management if a State president is Not aware of things done by different organs of government notably security organs and its a pity when the president has to first get the information on a News media……what’s the role of presidential advisors ?? kulya bifo bye nkoko !!!

Bukenya Fred Gonzaga. answered 3 months ago

Torture is masterminded by Kale kayihula whom you have given another term. And by so doing they coerce the victims to accept the charge and be spared. That alone shows you they are not interested in getting the real culprits(may be that they know) but they are interested in getting someone to convict. That’s the point. I dare anyone to challenge me on this and I will also challenge the same to tell the world why the INVESTIGATOR JOURNALIST is being witch hanted by Kayihula yet he offered to provide information that would help the police in #WHO KILLED KAWESI INVESTIGATIONS. I rest my case.

Dickson Nkwasibwe answered 3 months ago

My advice to the president is let the following people resign instantly.

Then if this has been done the you “m7” also resign as soon as possible.

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