Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu raised a procedural matter regarding the failure by the Minister to present the list of missing persons as directed by House. He told parliament that he was ready to table a list of abducted Ugandans should the minister fail to do so.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has allowed individual
members of parliament to present lists of missing people from their
She made the decision after the Internal Affairs Minister; Gen.
Jeje Odongo failed to show up to present the list of people in state custody
following their abduction by security operatives as directed by the speaker on
February 24th, 2021.
followed the fury by several MP over government failure to present the list of
the missing persons. Odongo was expected to table the list on February 25,
Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu raised a procedural matter
regarding the failure by the Minister to present the list of missing persons as
directed by House.
He told parliament that he was ready to table a list of abducted
Ugandans should the minister fail to do so.
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Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodore Ssekikubo said that the matter
is critical since it centers on the Constitutional rights of Ugandans. He said
the government needed to come out clearly and quickly to forward the list and take
action on the abducting Ugandans.
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Kilak South MP, Gilbert Olanya said that the matter is
serious since many Ugandans have disappeared and some feared dead.
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Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze told parliament that
many people had been abducted in her constituency and that her nephew Victor
Balikuddembe has been missing for two months.
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Kadaga noted that there were numerous complaints of missing
persons and directed MPs to provide lists of the victims from their areas. She said
this was the only option in the absence of a list of missing persons from the government.
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In his recent nationwide address, president, Yoweri Museveni
indicated that the missing Ugandans are in the hands of security agencies and
directed the agencies to release their names to the public.
The Defense Minister, Adolf Mwesige then told
Parliament that all security agencies had complied with the president’s
directive by handing over the list to Uganda Police Force, which prompted Kadaga
to direct the Internal Affairs Minister to present the full list of the people
in the custody of UPDF and Police by February 25, 2021.
police declined to release the list because of disagreements
with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI). Uganda Radio Network- URN
learnt that the top police leadership demanded proof of life of the suspects
before issuing the list.
Many of those detained allegedly participated in the November
18 and 19, 2021 protests triggered by the arrest of the National Unity Platform
presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his campaign trail in
In his address, Museveni revealed that the army was holding up
to 200 people. The NUP president, Kyagulanyi recently shared names of more than
250 people, who he claimed are under unlawful custody.