Mengo speaks out on Zaake, Bobi Wine torture

Buganda Kingdom has weighed in the public criticism against the government over the brutal and violent manner in which scores of opposition supporters arrested and some of them severely tortured.

In a statement issued by the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) Charles Peter Mayiga, the kingdom added to calls for suspects of Monday’s fracas in Arua to be permitted to access proper medical care as well as a fair and transparent legal adjudication of their cases.

Mayiga’s statement came within hours after he made the same statements at a public event in Mityana, condemning the atrocities so far meted out to Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who sings as Bobi Wine.

“Gruesome pictures of a badly injured Hon Zaake have surfaced in the media and Hon Kyagulanyi’s lawyers have reported that he is badly injured… The kingdom of Buganda is a champion of constitutionalism and rule of law. This is informed by adherence to our culture,” Mayiga opined.

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga

He also denounced the use of violence to settle political scores saying it’s against the rule of law and the constitution.

“We were victims of this in 1966 and know that violence and expression only begets more violence and resistance.
It is with this background in mind that the kingdom condemns the election violence in Arua and the unnecessary shedding of the innocent blood of our youth,” Mayiga stated.

A copy of Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga’s statement

Mayiga said the horrific pictures of the severely injured MPs came to his attention having surfaced all over social media with reports of violated rights of which the victims are denied medical practitioners of their choice and family access.

He urged the authorities to investigate the killing of Bobi Wine’s driver, Yasin Kawuma who was shot by the police in the heat of battle between the police and the rioting civilians.

He added that Kyagulanyi and Zaake’s torture should also be investigated with urgency as the crimes they allegedly committed were investigated so as the culprits are brought to justice.

“Once again, let all political differences be settled politically and in a civil manner that ensures peace and stability in the country.” Mayiga advised.