Security agencies in Uganda have been directed by the President to provide information about the missing persons who were reportedly arrested during the electioneering period.
“Fellow Ugandans, yesterday His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni addressed the nation on the issue of “missing persons”,” said Judith Nabakooba Member of Parliament and minister for ICT and National Guidance.
She said in a statement that prior to the period leading to the just concluded elections, security forces carried out a number of arrests.
She added that the arrests were conducted following intelligence reports about planned activities that were going to cause chaos during and after the elections.
“His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni has now instructed the Police and all other agencies to provide a detailed update about all those who were arrested,” she said.
According to the minister, this update will enable the Ugandan government to get a detailed account of who was arrested and for what reason.
“It will also put to rest some of the rumors and fake news that had started to emerge regarding some of the arrested individuals. I would like to assure the public that all the arrested persons have been kept well with dignity.”
“The government of Uganda does not support torture or any form of violence against anyone. I call upon members of the public to disregard any information that suggests arrested people were tortured,” she said.
According to her statement, security officials who use torture against suspects are against the law and are liable to individual prosecution.
“His Excellency was clear that in situations where security officers went beyond and committed excesses like the torture of suspects, they will be dealt with.”
“I, therefore, call upon members of the public to remain calm and allow the police to provide its detailed report. Once the report is done, I believe relatives of those arrested will be able to access those being held.”
“For those with cases to answer, they will be produced in the courts of law for justice to be done.”
(With input from Uganda Media Center)