Mr. Kasato, the district councilor, mentioned that plainclothes officers picked him up from a church assembly on Feb. 8, threw him, hooded, right into a automotive and clobbered him.

He mentioned the lads requested him for the proof of election rigging he’d collected, and whether or not he had despatched it to Mr. Wine’s occasion. He mentioned, sure, he had.

Mr. Kasato, a 47-year-old father of 11, mentioned that whereas he was chained to the ceiling, his toes barely touching the bottom, army officers whipped him with a wire and pulled at his pores and skin with pliers.

“It was a giant shock,” he mentioned. “I used to be praying deeply that I actually survive that torture.”

In late February, Mr. Kasato was charged with inciting violence through the November protests wherein safety forces killed dozens of individuals — accusations he denies. He has been launched on bail, however mentioned he was nonetheless in intense bodily ache, and that his docs suggested he search medical consideration overseas.

Analysts say that Mr. Museveni, 76, who has dominated Uganda since 1986, is attempting to keep away from historical past repeating itself. He himself was a charismatic younger upstart who accused his predecessor, Mr. Obote, of rigging an election, and led an armed rise up that after 5 years managed to take energy.

Mr. Wine, 39, whose actual title is Robert Kyagulanyi, has turn out to be the face of this younger motion, promising to shake up the country’s stifled politics. As his marketing campaign gained floor final yr, he was arrested and crushed and placed under de facto house arrest.

“We’re seeing a motion towards full totalitarianism on this nation,” mentioned Nicholas Opiyo, a number one human rights lawyer. He was abducted final December and launched, charged with money laundering after his authorized advocacy group acquired a grant from American Jewish World Service, a New York-based nonprofit.