Crime & Investigation

Gen Katumba: Ssebyara Torture Case Must be Investigated

CDF Gen Katumba Wamala

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Katumba Wamala has ordered an investigation into the alleged torture of Cpl Majibu Ssebyara.

The victim is said to have been tortured after being arrested on allegations of losing ammunition to Somalia insurgents, abortion Al Shabaab.

He was later charged in the General Court-Martial for failure to protect war material.

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However, sale in her November 22, 2016 judgement on the case, High Court Judge Patricia Basaza Wasswa declared the corporal’s trial by the military court as “illegal, null and void” and issued a permanent order staying the proceedings in the criminal case.

According to Daily Monitor which broke the story, the judgement was adduced after Sebyara’s lawyers presented compelling evidence that their client had been tortured and forced to plead guilty.

Following the exposure of the incident, UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda issued a statement, saying the High Court ruling was respected.

A few hours after Ankunda’s statement, Gen Katumba sent a note, saying the army will investigate a case of torture.

“The High Court Ruling stopped the trial of charges on failure to protect war material, which the UPDF has respected,” said Katumba.

“However, despite the appeal made, the UPDF is conducting an in-depth investigation on the torture claims and whoever will be found culpable will face the law,” he added.

The army chief stated that, “The two offenses, torture and failure to protect war material, will be treated separately and one should not wash away the other.”


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