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Religious leaders condemn torture

By Saudha Nakandha, Michael Odeng

Added 17th May 2017 09:40 AM

They also implored government to ensure that incidents of insecurity are checked

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Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje.

They also implored government to ensure that incidents of insecurity are checked

Religious leaders under their umbrella the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) have strongly condemned torture of suspects by Police.

Addressing journalists at IRCU headquarters, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, noted that there was an increased level of insecurity in the country that has regrettably resulted into the loss of innocent lives and property.

Mubajje stated that security forces have allegedly used different forms of torture on suspects who are arrested and detained in their facilities.  

“As religious leaders, we have a spiritual and temporal mandate to speak for the voiceless, the weak, the marginalized, the oppressed and all suffering from all manner of social injustice,” Mubajje explained.

“We wish to condemn the rising state of insecurity, and the equally shocking acts of torture prevailing,” he added.

He highlighted Masaka, Lwengo and Bukomansimbi as places that have seen incidents of insecurity.

Mubajje also implored government to ensure that incidents of insecurity are checked to ensure that people’s lives are saved.

“Let the case of Geoffrey Byamukama, the Mayor of Kamwenge and other suspects who have appeared in court and in the media with evident torture marks be the last victims of torture,” Mubajje said.

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