Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya last week appeared before Buganda Road Court Grade and showed court what appeared to be rotting feet, with wounds which he said were a result of continuous torture while in prison.
Frank Baine, the spokesperson of the Uganda Prisons Service, while appearing on one of the TV shows today morning denied the claims that MPs Mohammed Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana were tortured while in detention.
“It has never been in our interest that we torture our family members. Yes, Hon. Ssegirinya is sick, and we are treating him for as long as he is with us, many times, we receive these inmates from court when they are already sick,” Baine said.
He added on that when someone has been tortured, they encourage them to tell the prisons heads when they were tortured and by who. That’s how we can follow up,” Baine said.
While in detention, the National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu visited theses MPs earlier this week with a number of delegates from the NUP party and family who also confirmed the MPs were tortured while in detention.
The defence lawyer of the two who at the same time doubles as the Kampala Lord Mayor said that Baine is being “dishonest” because he also knows the truth but can’t say it out.