Mercury Public Affairs is providing strategic consulting services to the Republic of Uganda as its security forces unleash the worst wave of repression in the east African country for decades, according to the Guardian.

Hundreds of people, suspected of supporting political opposition to 76-year-old president Yoweri Museveni, have been rounded up, tortured and held in secret prisons.

Museveni, who has been in power for more than 35 years and is a key ally to the US, has denied that Uganda’s military forces have abused and detained civilians.

The Guardian reports that the US and UK have expressed concern about the crackdown in Uganda via diplomatic channels.

Mercury, which began repping Uganda on April 22, is working as subcontractor to Mercury International UK Ltd. in London.

Uganda senior presidential advisor Procovia Nalweyiso oversees the PR push.

Omnicom owns Mercury.