Paul Kawombe, Katoogo parish councillor says the victims were allegedly picked by armed security officers who were moving in numberless cars known as drones from the villages of Katoogo, Samuuka, Kisowera, Kabembe and Buntaba in the sub-counties of Nama and Kyampisi.
At least 11 people, who had been recorded among the missing supporters of the National Unity Platform-NUP in Mukono North constituency, have returned home, two months after they were reported missing.
These were among the people who were reported missing during
the peak of the campaigns in December 2020. The returnees include Juma Mukasa (20), Junior Kiberu, Muhammad
Nahiru (24), Twaha Kagimu, Sula Kiwanuka (17), Isma Ssenkubuge, Abdul Kharim
Muganga, Joseph Kyakuwa Nkoyoyo (18), Male Musa, Fred Kamya Yuya and one only
identified as Master.
Paul Kawombe, the Katoogo parish councillor says the victims were
allegedly picked by armed security officers who were moving in numberless vehicles, locally known as drones, from the villages of Katoogo, Samuuka, Kisowera, Kabembe and Buntaba
in the sub-counties of Nama and Kyampisi.
According to Kawombe, there are several other people from the area whose whereabouts remain unknown. These include; Stephen Ntulume, Muhammad Kanatta, Gaza
Kharim, Muhammad Mutebi, Yuda Ssempijja (35) and Sowedi Lwanga. Another resident identified as Edward Sozzi was also reported missing, days after the January 14 general election. His family says he was last seen in Mukono town.
Kawombe expresses dismay at reports that the victims were extremely
tortured, and dumped in forests in the districts of Wakiso, Mpigi
and Masaka, where they were found t on Wednesday after receiving
phone calls from good Samaritans. “They have not been charged in courts of law for any offence. But they instead just tortured them, we condemn that so much.”
in; “Tukyabanjaayo abasatu…
out… tukivumirira nyo nnyo.”//
Juma Mukasa, one of the victims from Katoogo village in Nama
sub county narrates that they were blindfolded and beaten; they were also accused of being terrorists, and taking part in the November riots
that followed the arrest of NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi
in; “Ne tutuuka mu mmotoka…
out… misango ne batuta.”//
Muhammad Nahiru, who was picked from Kisowera says that on the day of his arrest, he had gone to pick money from his workers. He recalls that he was arrested together with one of his customers from Bweyogerere, a suburb of Kampala who was working at a construction site in Kisowera.
in; “Nze okunkwata banzija…
out… wakayingira batandika kukukuba.”//
Betty Nakabu, a grandmother to the three boys Juma Mukasa,
Sula Kiwanuka and Joseph Kyakuwa blames the
abductors for conducting operations at night.
On Thursday, during an interview in her office at Nakasero,
the Presidential advisor on political affairs, Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso acknowledged
that government forces had arrested some of the youths
who participated in the November riots. Nalweyiso said the suspects were captured on CCTV camera engaging in violent acts and destruction of government installations.