We wish to address you on behalf of our client, HON. ROBERT KYAGULANYI SSENTAMU.
Earlier on today, we received reliable information from our contacts in Arua that our client had been picked by security operatives and up to this moment we do not know his whereabouts or whether or not he is safe. We were also informed security forces have refused to hand over the body of our client’s driver, one Mr. Yasin Kayoowa who was shot dead last evening, in order for his friends and relatives to organize for his burial.
We wish to inform the concerned security forces that the act of detaining our client without any explanation and further denying him access to his lawyers, relatives or friends is a clear affront to his human rights. We further condemn, in the strongest terms, the manner in which his arrest that is akin to abduction was conducted. Our client is a respected member of the public and a Member of Parliament to whom the security forces should accord the deserving respect. We demand that all security forces involved in our client’s arrest, detention and now disappearance immediately produce him and subject him to lawful procedure under the relevant Ugandan laws. We also demand that the body of the late Mr. Yasin Kawooya be immediately released to his family.
We further wish to state that we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that we enable our client to regain his freedom using all legal means necessary.