FDC Asks Public to Help Identify Hooded Men

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Ibrahim Semujju, the FDC party spokesperson, says they have set up an email account to allow members of the public to submit information that can help identify the men.

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party has embarked on a campaign to unearth the identities of the hooded men who attacked members of the public in Kampala this week.
 
 
On Tuesday, Police officers and several plain clothed men were seen beating up members of the public who had lined up the road to have a glimpse of Dr.  Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate as he drove to his home in Kasanganti following his release from remand in Luzira maximun prison.

 
On Wednesday, the same men were seen with police beating up people near Busabala road junction along Entebbe Road as Besigye drove to the FDC party headquarters at Najjanankumbi.
 
 
As a result, FDC has launched a campaign to identify the men so as to take legal action. Ibrahim Semujju, the FDC party spokesperson, says they have set up an email account to allow members of the public to submit information that can help identify the men.
 
 
He says once they receive sufficient information they will decide on whether to drag the suspects before Uganda Human Rights Commission or courts of law for torture as a group as provided for under the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012.

 
The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 criminalizes all forms of torture. Section 4 (1) of The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act, 2012 states that "A person who performs any act of torture as defined in section 3 commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for fifteen years or to a fine of three hundred and sixty currency points or both.

 
According to Ssemujju, although police has repeatedly disowned the hooded men, they believe they are part of them since they are usually seen working together.  
 
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Deputy Police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, says Professional Standards Unit has already launched investigations into the same matter, saying it would be a contradiction for FDC to launch parallel investigations. 
 
 
According to Namaye, police is the only institution mandated to investigate cases to do with crime in the country.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.