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Tortured’ Ugandan dissident seeks Asylum

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Former Uganda suspected combatant and exiled rebels of Uganda People’s Front/Uganda People’s Army (UPF/UPA) is seeking asylum in Europe, Great Lakes Voice can reveal.
Sources reveal that Joshua Mukiibi who was allegedly tortured by the authorities in 2009 is seeking asylum.

Mukiibi who has reportedly been active UPF member, a Ugandan rebel group which had started putting in place bases in Western Uganda in 2008 is wanted back to his native country and tried for recruiting rebels to overthrow the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

This website has learnt that, Mukiibi, whose father Joseph Katende and Uncle Ronald Katende disappeared mysterious in 2009, has since been responsible for the purchase, storing and transportation of weapons and ammunition.

Mukiibi fled through Kenya shortly after being released by the military. He  had been detained for indulging in subversive activities after military operatives uncovered an arms’ cache at their home in Nkokonjeru, Mukono District.

The hunt was launched following the recent arrest of former US marine-turned fugitive Nix Bongomin in Northern Uganda where he was recruiting rebels to overthrow the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

Latest information indicates Bongomin revealed identities of rebel collaborators in the Diaspora during interrogation at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in Mbuya, Kampala.

This website has been told Mukiibi and Katende had of recent resumed recruitment of youths into the ranks of UPF.

Uganda government operatives are working round the clock to cause the arrest of Mukiibi who is reportedly seeking a safe haven in Europe.
Treason convicts serve a death penalty in Uganda.
Human rights groups have recorded worsening conditions for dissidents,  in Uganda in recent years.
Reports say torture generally occurred in unregistered detention facilities and intended to force confessions In Uganda.

“There were numerous reports of torture and abuse in the unregistered detention facilities operated by the JATT and CMI. In its April 8 report, HRW noted that detainees held in JATT headquarters in Kololo nd at CMI headquarters in Kitante described being “hit repeatedly with the butt of a gun, slapped in the head and ears, or beaten with fists, whips, canes, chairs, and shoes.”

“JATT and CMI personnel “put detainees into painful stress positions and forced red chili pepper into eyes, nose, and ears,” causing excruciating pain. Some detainees described being shocked with electricity, and many reported seeing detainees struggling to walk or having to be carried by fellow detainees to vehicles. One detainee lost his leg due to infection in a wound caused by a severe beating,” says the US report.

The UHRC, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), and other human rights organisations have previously reported incidents of torture by security forces, including caning, severe beating, stabbing, kicking, tying of limbs in contorted positions.

“Torture victims included political activists and detainees,” says the US report, “For example, Francis Atugonza, the mayor of Hoima and the FDC’s trade and industry secretary, filed charges during the year against the CMI for alleged illegal detention and torture in a CMI “safe house” after he was arrested in April.”

“During the September 10-12 riots in Kampala, security forces beat suspects, including women, and went door to door in some neighborhoods, pulling residents out of their homes to be beaten and arrested, according to HRW.

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