KAMPALA – Following intelligence reports about planned activities that were going to cause chaos during and after the 2021 general elections, security forces caused operations where several arrests were made and allegations of torture were reported by the public and the media in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, and the neighboring areas.
On the 13th February 2021 His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni addressed the nation on the issue of “missing persons”, he instructed the Police and all other security agencies through the Minister for Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odong to provide a detailed report about all those who were arrested.
Hon Judith Nabakooba the Minister for ICT and National Guidance has this afternoon told www.grahadetails.com at the Ministry Headquarters that the update will enable the country to get a detailed account of who was arrested and for what reason.
Relatives of those arrested will be able to access those being held and if there any cases to answer they will be produced in the courts of law for justice to be done, she added.
Mis-information and Fake News
The minister has called upon members of the public to disregard any information that suggests arrested people were tortured however, she also warned Security officials who use torture against suspects that it’s against the law and they will be individually liable for the damage.
“I would like to assure the public that all the arrested persons have been kept well with dignity and the Government of Uganda does not support the torture or any form of violence against anyone.”
In his address last evening, President Museveni said that in situations where security officers went beyond and committed excesses like the torture of suspects; they will be dealt with.
The intervention is intended to put to rest some of the rumors and fake news that have emerged regarding some of the arrested individuals, Nabakooba said.
Government has mobilized resources in development projects like Emyoga, youth livelihood funds to boost the wealth creation agenda.
These require the beneficiaries to organize themselves in groups or SACCOS at the district and subcounty levels under the guidance of Community Development Officers to ensure that communities are well sensitized and mobilized on what to do.
According to the Presidential directive, in the next five years operation wealth creation has a target of 3million house holds per year.
Hon. Nabakooba emphasized that all development partners should respect Uganda’s democracy and internal decisions.
International cooperation is based on mutual respect for each other with the understanding that no one is superior from the other, she said.
She also reminded school going children and institutions of higher learning to ensure that the COVID-19 operating guidelines are followed all the time.