Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Alex Kayiwa, a member of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has accused Ugandan security forces of subjecting him to mistreatment, including sodomy, during his detention. Commonly known as ‘Musaayi Gwa Bobi,’ Kayiwa shared his ordeal at a special joint prayer event held at the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya.
The prayers, led by individuals such as MP Abed Bwanika, Sheikh Kato Khalid, and Pastor Dorothy Nantongo, were attended by political figures like Dr Kizza Besigye, Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi, and others.
Kayiwa revealed that he was abducted on July 15, 2023, by the Special Forces Command (SFC) in Kireka. He underwent extensive torture and interrogation about his affiliation with the NUP party and its president, Kyagulanyi Sentamu, before being released. Kyagulanyi acknowledged that such incidents were not isolated, commending Kayiwa for his courage in sharing his story.
During the event, victims of alleged torture and those who claimed their relatives were killed by the military shared their experiences of abduction and torture. NUP leadership has consistently asserted that security agents are kidnapping and torturing their supporters, with some facing charges in court and others reported as missing.
Opposition MPs, led by former leader of the opposition Mathias Mpuuga, walked out of parliament for nearly two months, demanding government accountability for what they perceived as violations of Ugandans’ rights. At the NUP prayers, Mpuuga emphasized the need to stand against atrocities and continue seeking answers for abducted individuals.
Besigye and Muntu criticized religious leaders for not actively supporting their cause, highlighting their own capture experiences and the necessity for prayers.
Gen Muntu challenged aspiring leaders to avoid repeating the mistakes of the current regime if they attain power.