Mufti condemns torture of suspects as Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Adha

The Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje has asked government to stop acts of torture of suspects.

In his Eid Al-Adha address to Muslims at the National Mosque at Old Kampala, Sheikh Mubaje wondered why security forces would beat up someone who has surrendered to them.

“May Allah help our security organs not to use force. If someone has surrendered there’s no need to beat them up. We pray that the government takes on the role of maintaining peace and security in our nation,” Mubaje said.

“We urge the Government and peace makers to know how to handle people. Torture is not allowed and it’s one reason people start hating regimes,” he added.

This year’s Eid Al-Adha came a day after security forces used force to break up protests in several in Uganda against the continued detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 33 others who were arrested in Arua more than a week ago.

The suspects including Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi who is currently hospitalised at Lubaga Hospital were severely tortured by soldiers attached to President Yoweri Museveni’s elite guard unit, the Special Forces Command (SFC) for allegedly stoning Museveni’s convoy.

“Let’s be peace makers, there’s no reason for people to stone the presidential motorcade whether he is in or not,” Mubaje said.

Museveni was in Arua to campaign for Nusura Tiperu who lost the Arua Municipality parliamentary by-elections to Kassiano Wadri.

Wadri is on remand in Gulu with 32 other suspects that include MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East) and Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) plus former Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke over treason charges.