Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) upon arriving from Bugiri, paid a visit to Ms. Nalongo Nana Mbarikiwa who is at Kampala Independent Hospital, following alleged torture by police.
Ms. Mbarikiwa was allegedly violently manhandled by a group of female and male police officers at the main entrance to the Uganda Police Force Headquarters in Naguru.
Kyagulanyi says Ms. Mbarikiwa had gone to notify the Police leadership of her peaceful protest against his (Bobi Wine) house arrest as well as other violations of Ugandan citizens’ human rights by security agencies.
“However, Nana is 7 and ahalf months pregnant. So she decided to protest in a softer way! She could not sit down and watch as the police and the military violate our rights- even when heavily pregnant! That is how much she detests injustice and impunity! So she made a trip to the Police Headquarters in Naguru with an intention of meeting the IGP or his deputy to inquire about why the police was illegally holding me under house arrest, and why the blatant abuse of rights by the police have only increased,” said Bobi Wine in a statement.
Ms. Mbarikiwa narrates that while she waited for clearance to access the police offices near the gate, a group of police officers jumped over her car and poured huge amounts of pepper spray and tear gas inside her car to force her out.
“While I was still seated inside my vehicle whose sunroof I had opened to avoid suffocation, a group of police officers jumped atop the vehicle and sprayed inside with pepper spray and teargas.
They then forced themselves into the car. During the process, two policewomen held my legs apart and each sat on one as they twisted them.
A policewoman, whose face I vividly remember, pulled my shorts down and forced her hand between my legs. I yelled in pain and told her that she was killing my baby but she squeezed even harder into my pelvis, yelling at me to “deliver the baby from here!”
In the meantime, two or so other women twisted my arm, while another grabbed my heavy belly and squeezed it hard as if to force the fetus out.
Thereafter, they violently pulled me out of the car, dragged me through the gate into the Police premises, and violently dropped me onto the ground.
I fell on my back, vomited and then passed out. When I eventually came to, I found myself on a hospital bed surrounded by heavily armed police officers,” she narrated.