Police is holding a prominent youth activist and close aide of the Free Uganda Chairman and National Coordinator of Platform to Rescue Uganda, General David Sejusa.
Mr Moses Bigirwa, according to Dr Vincent Magombe, Free Uganda Press Secretary and Head of PRU Diaspora Mobilisation, is being detained at Katwe police station.
Magombe says the orders to arrest Bigirwa came from the Kampala South Police commander, Siraje Bakaleke.
“Free Uganda has learnt that Moses Bigirwa’s rights as a citizen have been violated, and Siraje Bakaleke’s men may have subjected him to torture.”
“The youth activist and top official of the Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU) is not being allowed visits from even his close family members,” Magombe added.
On the core matter of being arrested because of freely expressing himself about the politics of his country, Magombe called on those police officers arresting political activists around the country that freedom of speech is an inherent constitutional right for every citizen, and no one, even Mr Museveni, has the right to violate the people rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Ugandan constitution.
“Free Uganda wishes to express its disgust and revulsion at the illegal detention of Moses Bigirwa was detained after he featured on a local radio station, Bukede Radio, where he criticised the regime of Mr Yoweri Museveni, and is now being held at Katwe police station.”
The political group chaired by Sejusa demanded for the immediate and unconditional release from detention of Mr Moses Bigirwa, and warned police commander Siraje Bakaleke and his boss Kale Kayihura that they will be held fully responsible should anything adverse happen to Mr Bigirwa.
Mr Siraje Bakaleke, who is now the Kampala South RPC, has recently also detained top opposition leaders like Dr Kizza Besigye and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, as well as several youth activists merely because they were involved in an on-going campaign for electoral reforms.
“Free Uganda wishes to notify police commander Siraje Bakaleke that he is effectively violating the constitutional rights of these Ugandan citizens, and the time for such violations is fast running out.”
“It is advisable for the Kampala South police chief to go slow and realise that his own happy future in a free and democratic Uganda, after the imminent collapse of dictator Museveni’s regime, will be put in question if he continues to nakedly violate the citizens’ rights as he is now doing.”
Magombe has called on Mr Siraje Bakaleke and his boss Kale Kayihura to immediately release all the political detainees and prisoners under their watch and stop forthwith from this wanton repression and aggression against innocent and peace-loving citizens of Uganda.
He also demanded that continued violation Mr Moses Bigirwa’s human rights will have serious consequences for those who are responsible for his plight in police detention.
“In the meantime, the struggle for the freedom for all Ugandan citizens continues unabated, in spite of these barbaric violations and intimidation from a regime on its way out.”