The Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo has
told Parliament that 44 people have been kidnapped by security
Gen. Odongo was on Thursday presenting a statement on the floor of
parliament regarding alleged kidnaps in the country.
Last week, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga directed the Minister to explain the rampant
kidnaps following concerns raised by the Opposition Chief Whip
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.
In his statement, Odongo said that in Mukono, four people were
They include Male Musa, Kamata
Muhammad, Kagimu Musa and Kiberu Julius.
He also provided names of 11 other people allegedly kidnapped in Masaka and
these include Luganzi Francis, Nalubega Ruth, Kyeyune Nasur, Matovu Robert,
Lubwama Patrick, Naluswata Teddy, Nakamanya Sylvia, Nassaka Hadijja, Musiime
Justine, Kauma Matia and Nakimbowa Christine.
Odongo also said that 7 others who were reported kidnapped
had been arrested, charged and released on bail while the other 4 including
Lumu Ronald, Kabaale Benard, Mugarura Ronald and Shafik were arrested for
aiding and abetting terrorism.
According to the Minister, The suspects have recorded statements
and were released on police bond on 6th January.
Besides these, the Minister noted other findings which have so far indicated
that investigations into the alleged kidnap of Niwabiine Daudi are still
ongoing to establish his whereabouts. Niwabiine allegedly went missing on 19th
November 2020 at Kawempe and a case was reported by his father Dennis
Babigumira at Kawempe police station.
Regarding the reported kidnap of Kato Sharif from Kireka Central
market on 24th January, Odongo said that the investigation team has interviewed
the Market Chairman Steven Katende who revealed that the victim’s actual name
is Sharif Kasozi and that investigations are on-going.
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The Minister also noted the kidnap of Kamata Mohammad from his house at
Walusimbi Village, Nama Sub County, Mukono district by a group of 7 people
dressed in army uniform.
says that the Mukono police is still investigating the matter.
Gen. Odongo told parliament that the alleged kidnap and the whereabouts of John
Bosco Sserunkuma, Rita Babirye, Ali Ssebaduka, Kibirge Emma, Sula Mayanja,
Twaibu Dumba from a carpentry shop in Bwaise on 18th November 2020 are under
“I have tried to give an update on the continuous incidents of alleged kidnap.
Investigations are ongoing and I undertake to give the progress of these
investigations with time. I would like to appeal to the public at large, please
report these alleged incidents of kidnap to police. We undertake to investigate
each one of the reported incidents,” Gen. Odongo added.
statement attracted fury from a section of legislators who questioned the total
disregard of the law and the arrest procedures by police and other
Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP said that during the election
period, many people were kidnapped allegedly by security agencies with no trace
Muyanja Ssenyonga, the Mukono South MP also raised concern over the continued
use of cars described as drones by security agencies to kidnap Ugandans. He
wondered how the country is going to avoid the kidnaps if there are so many
numberless vehicles used to kidnap people.
Cecilia Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP asked the Minister to explain the whereabouts of
the missing people.
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Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Kiira Municipality MP expressed worry that the
missing people could be dead.
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Gen. Odongo, however, said that several people using the tinted, numberless
vehicles who have been allegedly kidnapping people have been arrested and being
The Minister also said that the Buganda region is not in any way targeted by