The National Unity Platform (NUP) is seeking Parliament’s intervention into alleged abductions of its supporters by security.
“As the shadow cabinet we resolved that immediately we are done with recess, we shall move a motion on the floor of Parliament for fresh investigations on our people who have been murdered, abducted and our people who continue to be tortured in different security units. We are not going to take these issues lightly,” said Hon Derrick Nyeko (Makindye East) while addressing press at parliament.
Nyeko, who is the shadow minister for Presidency and Security says the opposition also wants an investigation into the human rights violations that occurred in the 2021 elections.
Although this matter was fully investigated by the 10th Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the MP says this needs to be investigated again given the changing dynamics, and the fact that government has failed to meet many of its human rights commitments.
Recently, according to Hon Charles Matovu (Busiro South) security agents have been grabbing NUP supporters from various parts of his constituency without cause.
“Over 10 people have been kidnapped by un-uniformed or non-uniformed personnel and drones…The last time I heard that they would be brought to courts of law and this has never happened and instead they were driven to Kireka,” Matovu said.
“Last night another friend of ours who was also a coordinator Canan Nsubuga was abducted from Namulanda just yesterday. Several of them, like one called Gonzaga and Ronald Mutebi of Abayita Ababiri who’s the youth chairperson.
Matovu disclosed that they have discovered that many of those in detention are being linked to machete gangs as a way of discouraging them from supporting their party.
“So these acts are intended to intimidate the people of Busiro South Constituency and the country because they know they have dissenting voices, there are people yearning for change, people against bad leadership.
During plenary on April 15, 2021; State Minister for Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo admitted that they had failed to trace whereabouts of opposition supporters that were deemed missing.
“Of the 423 persons that honorable Mathias Mpuuga presented, 58 have been released or are on remand. 365 we have not been able to verify their whereabouts because the list was blank and it did not indicate the time when they were arrested or the location from where they were arrested to enable us follow up this matter,” Odongo told Parliament.