Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga summons Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine over Illegal detention, torture of Ugandans
Speaker of Parliament, Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has summoned Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine to brief the House on consistent detentions’ and torture of Ugandans by other security operatives’ such as Internal Security Organisation (ISO) under Col Kaka Bagyenda’s directives.
“We want to ask the Minister for Security to come to this House and explain the whereabouts of these people and where there are and why they are in the Safe House. This matter is possible violation of human rights,” Speaker Kadaga said.
Kadaga issued the summons yesterday in a plenary sitting she chaired barely a week after a renowned City Lawyer Patrick Mugisha was released by ISO operatives without any charge, following unlawful detention in a safe house in Nsangi, Wakiso District.
Lwemiyaga legislator, Theodore Ssekikubo tasked government to explain the reason behind the unlawful arrest of Ugandans.
Ssekikubo says security operatives have violated Section 4 Sub-section 2 of Security Organisations Act of 1987 that regulates operatives from unlawful detentions.
As a result, Ssekikubo says they should be held accountable.
“These increased cases of arrests and detention, and torture by security organisations who are not mandated to carry out any arrest, and if we sit by and we allow this to go on, this country is sure soon going to be ungovernable, security operatives shall take it upon themselves to arrest and detain Ugandans without action from courts of law,” Ssekikubo said.
Buhweju County legislator, Francis Mwijukye says police should come out to clearly state why ISO is carrying out these illegal arrests.
His argument is that all arrests are supposed to be carried out by police and other security operatives only comes in under police’s request.
“Security organs in this country, need to come clear of either interference in the mandate of one another, for the police needs to come out openly and tell Ugandan, whether they are still in charge! Because well as we know that other security organs are supposed to come on the request of police, but we see now ISO, we see UPDF ahead of the police. When it’s supposed to be the police ahead and these ones come in,” Mwijukye said.
Busujju legislator, David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga says government should come out and inform Ugandans where they take these people and why?
“Government should come out and tell us where these people are being kept. Most especially the guys that are working in Kampala, and to make matters worse even the LDU that are in Kampala if they get you, first of all they confiscate the IDs, they break them, so we don’t know what we are going to do? Our People are crying!” Kalwanga said.
Leader of government business in Parliament, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda attempted to arrest the situation but in vain.
He said police has done commendable work, many criminals have been arrested and more so with the installation of CCTV Cameras.
“Police has made amazing discoveries and arrested a numbery of criminals’, and some of them have been on televisions are those who have been arrested. CCTV Cameras have already started showing visible results,” PM Rugunda said.