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Deputy Speaker Anita Among has directed the Committee on Human Rights to investigate reports of gross human rights violations across the country including torture, detention without trial and in extreme cases murder by security operatives.

Speaking during Tuesday’s Parliament sitting which was boycotted by members of the opposition on grounds of nonresponse by the Government on issues of torture, Among instructed the committee on Human rights chaired by West Budama North MP, Fox Odoi to investigate the reported cases of torture and present a report to Parliament in 45 days.

This followed the presentation of a statement by the Acting Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Muruli Mukasa who told the House that torture is not a policy of Government or a method of interrogation.

“The law on this is very clear. The President has in his own words stated the position and policy of Government,” Muruli said.

The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Fox Odoi said that the committee will undertake investigations as mandated by the Rules of Procedure saying that MPs need to debate based on facts.

“The committee will start investigations on February 10, 2022. Every cultured person should detest torture. The Bible instructs us to treat fellow humans only as we want them to treat us,” Odoi said.

Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko however disagreed with the Minister saying that, ‘there is a pattern, showing that after every election, there are spates of torture meted against Ugandans’.

“In the past 10 years, it has become routine for President Museveni to address the nation on torture. We cannot keep quiet; our silence is deepening. If we go silent, where will our people run to? What message are we sending out,” Nsereko asked.

Kumi Municipality MP, Silas Agon wondered what the government is doing to stop torture saying that Article 24 of the Constitution is clear on handling and prosecution of suspected criminals.

“It is the duty of Parliament to speak up against torture or else chapter 4 of the Constitution becomes redundant,” Agon said.

Among also condemned the acts saying, “We must have respect for our constitution and uphold it. We must act within the constitution. The errant persons causing problems to the government should be brought to book. No one is above the law. Government is supposed to be accountable to the citizens.”