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UGANDAN GOVT APOLOGISES OVER POLICE TORTURE OF SUSPECTS, FOUR OFFICERS ARRESTED

KAMPALA, The Uganda government has apologized to the country for the gruesome torture of suspects linked to the death of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi in March this year as reported by the media.

State Minister for Internal Affairs Kania Obiga told Parliament Tuesday that the government condemned the acts and all those involved would be brought to book. He explained that since the torture stories emerged, the police had arrested four officers and investigations were continuing.

We apologize to the country because essentially what we do as the police should not be what you are seeing in the media. Laws have been broken but it's not correct to say that we have been doing nothing, he said. Once we investigate all these issues, we shall present a comprehensive report so that the matter is extensively discussed and solutions found.

Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa said the government does not support torture and supports all laws that were passed by Parliament against torture.

Madam Speaker, thank you for raising this matter. The Government does not support torture. Whoever is involved will be brought to book, she said as members booed her.

She attracted more heckling when she was asked whether she was aware of the three children still under Police custody to which she answered no.

This came after MPs, led by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, demanded an explanation why the people involved in torturing the suspects have not been produced in court.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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