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UPDF denies torture claims by NUP supporter

By Rosette Nandutu,

The UPDF has denied as untrue allegations that a lady was arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence,(CMI) and later tortured and raped by soldiers.

29-year-old woman, Alexandreos Marinos, a resident of Mbuya told media earlier this week that she was last month arrested on allegations of supporting and playing National Unity Platform leader, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s music.

On Friday, the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye dismissed the claims as baseless adding that she has never been anywhere in UPDF detention.

Presenting a phone printout said to be intelligence information, the army said data indicates the lady was making several phone calls during the days Marinos said she was in detention.

The army also presented two people including one Hassan Ssengooba and Sergeant Ali Hassan Matovu that the 29 year old woman had accused of personally participating in the torture and alleged rape.

The UPDF spokesperson described Ssengooba a  civilian and a neighbor to Marinos working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and explained that Matovu only interfaced with the 29 year old lady in 2020 as part of investigations about Marino’s husband who was a Local Defence Unit personnel but had deserted.

The army spokesperson said that UPDF can only speculate the motive of her allegations,however cant explain where the torture marks could have been inflicted on Marinos as she alleges.

The army spokesperson noted that the same could be one of the gimmicks by Ugandans to seek asylum abroad adding that investigations will establish if at all she was injured.