‘We Don’t Torture to that Extent,’ Uganda Army Refutes Bobi Wine’s Allegations

September 6, 2018

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has refuted torture allegations made by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, his arrest on August 13.

The musician turned politician on September 3 finally told his highly anticipated side of the story narrating the horrific abuse and inhumane conditions he allegedly underwent at the hands of security agencies.

Bobi Wine, who has since flown to the US for specialised treatement, said the soldiers went as far as pulling and squeezing his manhood with pliers and battered him with blunt objects.

“Those guys did to me unspeakable things in that vehicle! They pulled my manhood and squeezed my testicles while punching me with objects I didn’t see,” narrated Bobi Wine, adding, “They hit my back and continued to hit my genitals with objects. The marks on my back, ankles, elbows, legs, and head are still visible. I continued to groan in pain and the last I heard was someone hit me at the back of the head with an object – I think a gun butt or something. That was the last time I knew what was going on.”

Read: Bobi Wine: My Story on What Exactly Happened in Arua

However, and as expected, the UPDF has denied the torture allegations saying investigations are ongoing.

“As promised earlier, we shall avail you all the details of actions we have taken against our officers when the time comes. We don’t torture people to that extent. If what Bobi Wine alleges in the statement is true, our investigations will unearth it and make no mistake, every officer will be individually held accountable,” the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said on Tuesday evening.

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