United States of America has expressed grave concern over the use of excessive force by Uganda security forces against lawmakers and journalists in Arua, a State Department official has said.
The official also reiterated calls for the American nation to suspend funding for military operations in Uganda.
“We have received multiple credible reports of excessive use of force by the Special Forces Command (SFC),including abuse of members of parliament, journalists and others,” the state official said in a statement.
“The United States has made it clear to the Ugandan government that such human rights abuses are unacceptable.”
Uganda has for a long time received its military funding from Washington which has been supplying them with hardware, cash and training.
It has even given equipment, money and intelligence for the military’s hunt for Lord’s Resistance Army warlord Joseph Kony.
The stateman called on Ugandan government to investigate the many reported incidences.
“It is now up to the Ugandan government to demonstrate a respect for its constitution and its citizens and conduct a transparent, credible and timely investigation into these events, any security personnel found to have used inappropriate force must be held accountable.”
Opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and four other MPs were arrested in Arua last month after which they complained of physical abuse while in custody.