KAMPALA – The Police leadership has Wednesday, May 8 dismissed a horrific photo that is believed to be of a one Ashiraf Kato alias Ashburg a Uganda blogger, working Bobi Wine under the People Power movement.
The social media was awash with a photo of a badly wounded person carrying a caption claiming that “Ashburg was tortured by security operatives.”
The police have in a statement dated Wednesday, May 8, 2019, rebutted allegations of torture, rebelling the information as fake and major propaganda towards it.
Mr. Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson noted that “these are tactics being used by selected political actors to make it appear like there breakdown on rule of law in the country.”
He states that “We strongly condemn the circulation of the photo which was established to be the image of a black man tortured in an informal Libyan slave market where they were being sold at an average of $400, as an online smear campaign, that is well coordinated to put the reputation of police and sister security agencies in disrepute.”
Mr. Enanga goes on to call on Ashburg and other politicians to, “..adopt strategies that are holistic and consistent with mature politics.”
“…together with relatives and friends to register a complaint clearly indicating circumstances under which he initially disappeared and resurfaced for better leads to the investigating team,” he added.
Kato is said to have gone missing on May 2, as he was preparing to attend a court hearing of Bobi Wine’s case the same day at Buganda Road Chief Magistrates’ court.
The blogger, according to relatives, was first summoned by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) last week in regard to his Ghetto TV an online channel which UCC accuses of inciting violence by broadcasting live proceedings every time Bobi Wine encounters the Police.
Shafiq Mukubira, a friend to Kato says he was not seen at Buganda Road Court that day. His family insisted that he might be in Mbuya Barracks and demanded an explanation from Police on why a civilian like Katto is detained in a Military Barracks.
“He left his home in Namasuba at around 8:00 am but he never reached Buganda Road Court. I was there but I did not see him,” Mukubira added.
In regard to this, Police on Monday 6, confirmed said they had no clue on Kato’s disappearance.
It is alleged that Kato resurfaced alive and seemingly well.