Jeje Odongo tabled before Parliament a list of 177 missing Ugandans who he said are in detention following their arrest during and after the elections.
The National Unity Platform party (NUP) Vice President for the Buganda region, Hon Mathias Mpuuga has cited loopholes in the internal Affairs list of missing Ugandans.
On Thursday, the Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo tabled before Parliament a list of 177 missing Ugandans who he said are in detention following their arrest during and after the just concluded general elections.
The Internal Affairs Minister said that 43 of the persons were arrested for participating in the riots, 156 found in possession of military stores and 17 arrested from meetings planning post-election protests while six were released on police bond.
Summing up the figures, Odongo’s list indicated that a total of 222 people were arrested by security operatives meaning details of 45 people are still unknown.
“Today I am presenting to you a list of 177 clearly identifying the person, the date when the person was arrested, the place where the person was arrested from, the reason why the person was arrested and the case management history,” Odongo readout.
“Six persons were released on police bond. ln conclusion, going forward, l would like to inform the house and the general public that a copy of this list is at police headquarters with the office of the Chief Political Commissar. The public is encouraged to check with that office the whereabouts of their missing persons and to get permission to visit them,” he added.
Following the tabling, a big section of legislators raised concerns that the Minister did not present a full list of missing individuals.
Hon MP Mathias Mpuuga from NUP said that his party has a list of 423 missing members but he did not even hear a 10th of them in the Internal Affairs records.
“Our party (NUP) has a list of 423 missing Ugandans contrary to 177 presented on the floor today by Minister Jeje Odongo. I have not even had a 10th of these people’s names, I think I heard about four names but where are the rest,” Hon Mpuuga demanded.
Meanwhile, the request came after a section of MPs including the Mukono Municipality legislator Hon Betty Nambooze on Tuesday’s sitting chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the government to verify missing individuals.
Kadaga in response also asked the legislators to come with their lists of missing constituents to be in a position to compare with the government’s list.