Monday April 23 2012

I witnessed sexual terrorism, says Turinawe

By Ephraim Kasozi

“I witnessed sexual terrorism on Friday afternoon,” says FDC Womens League leader Ingrid Turinawe. I was driving to Nansana, Wakiso District for a rally, with a one Paddy and another youth.

We branched off to a supermarket as we approached Nansana Town Council.

We parked to buy some water with other officials, including Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Mubarak Munyagwa (Kawempe mayor), MP Ssemujju Nganda and others.

We wanted to proceed but the police stopped us. They said we could proceed because Mr Lukwago had spoken to commander Andrew Kaweesi.

To my surprise, as I followed the mayors, police again blocked me and demanded that I come out of the car. They began pulling me out of the car while pressing my breasts.

I demanded for the reference directing my arrest but in vain. The policemen were rude and only targeted to torture me.

They overpowered me and dragged me into their tinted van. What was shown or captured on camera was minimal because there were men in that van, they pulled my hands from the back and pressed my breasts and pierced me in the feet while taking me to Kawempe Police Station. I even lost a nail.

At Kawempe, they brought me papers to make a statement which I refused because I was tired of making statements.

They released me on bond after writing one statement in the presence of Mr Lukwago.

They charged me with committing unspecified traffic offences.

I got friends to drive me back to Nansana to pick my car. Again, they held me at Nansana Police and declined to release my car, saying it did not have glasses.

Police at Nansana released me late in the night with the help of Kawempe and Nansana leaders.

I am now suffering because I have no means of transport to the hospital.

I have chest pain and my breast is swollen oozing blood. I was tortured at the hands of those goons in that van but there is no turning back.