Uganda Human Rights Commission has agreed to investigate allegations that police illegally arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye in February 2016.
Besigye officially file a case of continued harassment by security forces in March 2016 after he was arrested at FDC head offices in Najjanankumbi and detained at Naggalama police station in Mukono.
In the same period, he was arrested alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in Kabale where they had gone to attend court.
In March this year, Besigye registered a complaint with Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) in relation to his week-long house arrest.
“I have been stripped of my rights,” Besigye told a delegation from Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) that visited his home in Kasangati asking them to end his “illegal arrest”.
Escorted by FDC secretary for mobilization, Besigye recorded a statement with rights officials accusing police of torturing him while he was being arrested in Kabale.
The retired colonel said in his complaint, that he was pepper sprayed and currently has sore eyes as well as chest and throat pain.
The official registered case with Human Rights Commission is “Freedom from torture, personal liberty and rights to property under No. MBR/018/2016.
The UHRC is constitutionally charged with overseeing and protecting human rights in the country.
In a letter dated October 5, UHRC Secretary G.T Mwesigye said they are ready to hear the case.
“Be informed that the matter has been set down for hearing against the attorney general’s office…and we shall dully notify you of the hearing date,” Mwesigye wrote.
He said if the allegations are proved, they will constitute a violation of Besigye’s rights to personal liberty, freedom from torture, freed of conscience, expression, movement, assembly and economic rights.