Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala Monday became a battle ground for the ruling National Resistance Movement party electoral commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi and former Ethics Minister Miria Matembe.
Matembe, a former Ethics and Integrity minister was speaking on the state of human rights in the country during the launch of the “Human Rights and Elections (2016) Report” on human rights violations in the 2016 elections.
The Report compiled by Foundation of Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) under the theme, “A Call for Action” chronicles the different cases of torture and mistreatment of both opposition and members of the public by security forces.
While unveiling the report, Ritah Aciro, the Executive Director Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), told government to just apologise to Ugandans for the continuous mistreatment.
Matembe, on the other hand, accused President Yoweri Museveni’s government of continuous violation of human rights and targeting members of the opposition orchestrated by security forces.
In the presence of Tanga, Matembe said the 2016 elections were marred by constant suppression of the opposition and those who spoke against the violations.
Accusing Tanga as part of the establishment that shields the ills of government, the former minister tasked citizens not to feel intimidated and stand up against any actions that violate their rights.
When he spoke in his own turn, Tanga told the gathering that Museveni is actually opposed to the mistreatment and brutality against opposition politicians.
President Museveni detests and speaks against the cruelty suffered by opposition leaders at the hands of the Uganda Police Force, Tanga said.
Tanga revealed that during an NRM Central Executive Committee, Museveni even condemned the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura for using excessive force on opposition.
The furious Matembe told Tanga that Nakawa Division MP Michael Kabaziguruka, was still under house arrest, Kizza Besigye was in prison while Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was also being mistreated by police.