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Museveni On The Torture Of Kakwenza; Blames Traditional Ideas And Colonialism

Museveni On The Torture Of Kakwenza; Blames Traditional Ideas And Colonialism

President Museveni has said Kakwenza Rukirabashaija went through the torture he did because of the traditional ideas of colonialism.

He says that during colonial times, colonial security officers used a lot of torture and inhumane tactics to get information from Africans. This set a precedent that some elements in security embrace till today.

Museveni was replying to a question from Voice of America’s Peter Clottey, during a one on one exclusive interview on Friday.

“It is true that some people were tortured. I have not confirmed that one (Kakwenza), but I have confirmed some other cases, and I took it up. You see, part of the problems of Africa is capacity building, we are building armies and security forces. These sometimes come with traditional ideas from the village or they get imported ideas from the former colonialists. For instance, the Police Force which was here during the colonial times; they were using those methods.”

However, Museveni noted that he is against torture and all circumstances.

“The laws are there, but the sensitization to tell them that first of all, torture is not necessary,” he said.

He added that he believes in talking and that is why he meets with his opponents as well to talk about issues.

“We discuss. We have something called IPOD, the InterParty Organisation for Dialogue. Although we have a few that don’t come, but we have been meeting for the last 10 years now.”

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