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Voice of America 21 May 2020

Ugandan Legislator Alleges Torture During Pandemic Lockdown


Uganda's security officers stand accused of using excessive force and targeting political opponents while carrying out lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.  On April 19, police stormed the home of Ugandan legislator Francis Zaake and arrested him for allegedly disobeying presidential directives against distributing food aid.  He was released a week later but with scars all over his body and left partially blind.  Halima Athumani reports from Kampala.

Camera: Francis Mukasa

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