The Internal affairs Minister Jeje Odongo has tabled before Parliament a list of names of 177 missing Ugandans who he said are in security detentions following their arrest during and after the January elections.
However, the minister’s list has a total of 222 people which security arrested.
According to Gen Odongo, 43 persons were arrested for participating in the riots, 156 found in possession of military stores and l7 arrested from meetings planning post-election violence, while 06 persons were released on police bond.
This therefore, means that details of 45 people arrested by security operatives are not on the list tabled by the minister before Parliament.
“Today I’m presenting to you a list of 177 names 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. In summary, there are 43 persons arrested for participating in the riots, 156 found in possession of military stores and 17 arrested from meetings planning post-election violence, six persons were released on police bond, Gen Odongo told Parliament chaired by Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah on Thursday afternoon.
“I 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 CPC. The public is encouraged to check with that office the whereabouts of their missing persons and to get permission to visit them. However, in doing so we should maintain SOPs and avoid overcrowding, he added.
After the minister had tabled the list, Hassan Fungaro called for a commission of inquiry into the events surrounding the abductions of persons by security agencies.
He demanded that the ministry of internal affairs gives more details.
However, Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga said the names on the minister’s list did not match what he had on his list.
“I have followed the Minister’s list and not even a tenth of what I have on my list have been read. We need to know the whereabouts of these persons, Mr Mpuuga said.
“Hon Jeje should read for us those names one by one, so that we know the reason of arrest and where they are. I’m afraid Parliament is being used as a clearing agent. Let him read one by one as I compare with the list I have,” Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said.
Obobongi MP, Mr Hassan Fungaro called for a commission of inquiry into the events surrounding the abductions of persons by security agencies.
He also demanded that the ministry of internal affairs gives more details.