American accuses government of rights abuse


An American residing in Lira Town has accused government of unlawful arrest, trumped-up charges, detention and gross violation of human rights.

Mr Phil Wilmot, the proprietor of Solidarity Uganda, a human rights and peace organisation, claimed he was unlawfully arrested by State security agents and detained over unclear circumstances recently.

Mr Wilmot, his wife Suzan Abong and three others were arrested at Upcountry Guest House in Lira Town on December 6, on orders of Lira District police commander Ashraf Chemonges. They were accused of holding an unlawful assembly aimed at overthrowing the government. But Ms Abong, who is also pregnant, said she was released on police bond after 24 hours had elapsed.

Addressing journalists in Lira Town at the weekend, Mr Wilmot said the object of the foiled assembly was to discuss issues affecting Ugandans. “We shall pursue this legally with our lawyer. I also demand to meet President Museveni to ask him how he wants people to express themselves about issues that affect them always,” Mr Wilmot said.

Lira deputy Resident District Commissioner Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi said: “We have evidence that he was engaged in subversive activities. He is likely to be deported if he continues with illegal activities but at the moment he’s free.”

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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