They include; George Kasumba, Agnes Nabwera, Sarah Nanyanzi, Mathew Kigozi, Mathew Kafeero Ibrahim Chekedi and John Damulira. The victims were reportedly picked up by security operatives from areas within Kampala, Greater Masaka, and Mukono during the 2020 campaign period.
Police Force investigators have said that they do not know the whereabouts of at least seven people whose names keep appearing on the list of missing persons.
The missing persons are part of other 66 cases of disappearance reported
to the police by the Human Rights Committee of Parliament in
March this year for further investigations.
They include; George Kasumba, Agnes Nabwera, Sarah Nanyanzi, Mathew Kigozi, Mathew
Kafeero Ibrahim Chekedi and John Damulira. The victims were reportedly picked up by security
operatives from areas within Kampala, Greater Masaka, and Mukono during the 2020 campaign period.
The Police Director of
Legal Services Erasmus Twaruhukwa says that none of the cases was reported to the Police but the Criminal Intelligence Investigations Department – CIID commenced
inquiries into the alleged disappearances upon receipt
of the names.
However, Twaruhukwa told URN on Sunday that particulars
of the complainants provided to them; such
as their contacts, addresses and places from where the victims disappeared,
were not sufficient, consequently making the investigations difficult.
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Last week, Members of the Human Rights Commitee of Parliament demanded to know who operates the ‘drones’ that were used to 'kidnap' Ugandans during the election cycle. They were interfacing with top Police
commanders, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF and officials from the Uganda Prisons Service –
However, Jacob Oboth-Oboth, the Minister of State for
Defence dismissed the allegations of the kidnaps and operating drones advanced against the Chieftaincy of Military
Intelligence – CMI under the UPDF.
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In March this year, the Committee led by Fox Odoi, directed
the Minister of Security, Jim Muhwezi to produce seven people who have been
reported missing since 2020 arguing that every citizen must be accounted for. But
Muhwezi, while appearing before the MPs said that the government was still investigating
On March 4, 2021, the Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje
Odongo released a list of 177 people who had been reported missing after being arrested from within their communities. However,
on its count, the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) reported that
680 of its supporters were missing.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.