Parliament on the Human Rights Committee have directed the Minister of Security,
Jim Muhwezi to produce seven people who have been reported missing since
Muhwezi on Thursday appeared before the committee which is currently inquiring
into the torture of suspects by security operatives, detention without
trial, and missing persons.
The missing persons are Agnes Nangweri, Matthew Kafeero and Sarah
Namayanja who went missing in November 2020. Others are Matthew Kigozi, George Kasumba, Ibrahim Chekedi and John Damulira.
Fox Odoi, the Human Rights Committee Chairperson told the Minister that every
citizen must be accounted for. He said that the committee would avail details
of the missing persons indicating their villages, Local Council chairpersons,
parents, or next of kin to help.
He directed the Minister to respond to the Committee in a written report within
Odoi also directed Muhwezi to respond to the alleged detention of suspects in
safe houses where they are tortured.
This was after Nakaseke Central MP, Allan Mayanja Ssebunya noted the existence
of safe houses in the country where suspects are tortured by security
Florence Namboozo, the Sironko Woman MP also said that it is the government’s
responsibility to ensure the safety of all its citizens and that the necessary
steps should be taken to stop illegal arrests and torture.
Muhwezi told MPs that investigations into the allegations of the seven missing
people will be investigated. He added that government does not condone torture
and illegal arrests.
He said that security operatives are under strict instructions to follow the
law and that they are continuing with the training of security officers on
the observance of human rights while handling suspects.
Muhwezi said that he will present a list to Parliament of individual security
officers implicated in torture, as directed by Deputy Speaker Anita Among.
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General Kiryowa Kiwanuka said that re-arresting people after being granted bail
by the court is legal since they could be needed to settle cases.
Speaking about the use of tinted cars by security agencies to carry out
sts, Kiryowa said that security agencies cannot alert criminals during
The Attorney General also emphasized that government does not condone torture
and that if any person is tortured in a recognized place of custody, security
officers of that particular institution should be held accountable.
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He also blamed social media for playing a role in misleading investigations
which has seen suspects going free.
becoming very difficult to prosecute or even investigate cases. Today, every
Ugandan has become an investigator and a master of knowledge. There are
processes that are undertaken and if we can keep quiet and let the processes go
ahead, then we shall get the true results,” said Kiryowa.
Regarding compensation of victims of the November 2020 riots, Kiryowa said that
the process is ongoing and that the 56 deaths were regrettable.
He said that a total of 1088 suspects have been arrested, 286 cases registered
at police stations with 198 of these taken to court.
Kiryowa said that 66 of the 198 have been convicted, 50 cases have been
dismissed by the court, 80 are still under inquiry and 8 cases have been closed
by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions- DPP.