While leading UPDF commanders before the committee, Jacob Oboth-Oboth, the Minister of State for Defence, said the army does not operate any safehouses and asked the Committee to help him identify them if there are people who are operating such.
Today, Ugandans remembered the services of a man, who stood tall to challenge a regime that many could not, and carried the cross on behalf of millions of Ugandans, endured persecution until his life was terminated while on the same slippery path. The main commemoration Service was on Wednesday held at Kololo Independence Grounds under the theme “Hope Beyond Affliction”.
Led by the Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, a section of MPs in the presence of a Senior Sergeant –at –Arms, Godfrey Kidi launched the censure motion signing exercise. Out of the total 529 MPs in the 11th Parliament, the Opposition requires MP 176 signatures for the censure motion to succeed.
Asked whether the Opposition will raise the required signatures, Mpuuga said that those convinced about their call will sign as they are not going to force MPs to sign the proposed censure motion. The ruling National Resistance Movement enjoys majority of 336 MP, the Opposition Partieshave 109 MPs while Independents are 74.
The Delegation led by Ambassador, Attilio Pacifici raises concern over a situation that they say has for more than a year seen a significant increase of reports of torture, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, harassment, attacks against human rights defenders, members of the opposition, and environmental rights activists.
Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition led the walkout and was followed by MPs from different opposition political parties after he disagreed with Deputy Speaker, Anita Among regarding the delayed action by the government on the continued torture of citizens, detention without trial, and abductions.
Kigoye explained that there is a tendency of the torture cases going high during elections especially relating to issues to do with arbitrary arrests, police brutality, physical abuse, unlawful detentions and intimidation among others.
The two traders identified as Hawa Namubiru and Elvis Mugula, both residents of Kiwogozi zone in Luweero town council were allegedly intercepted in Amuru district on Monday, and beaten by Patrick Omara aka Akeng, the RDC’s driver, one Robert Okwera and a Crime Intelligence officer only identified as Okot.