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44 People Have Been Kidnapped – Internal Affairs Minister

In his statement, Odongo said that in Mukono, four people were kidnapped. They include Male Musa, Kamata Muhammad, Kagimu Musa and Kiberu Julius.
The Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje Odongo

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The Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo has told Parliament that 44 people have been kidnapped by security operatives.

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 kidnapped. 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. 

He 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 investigations.

“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.

The statement attracted fury from a section of legislators who questioned the total disregard of the law and the arrest procedures by police and other security agencies.

Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP said that during the election period, many people were kidnapped allegedly by security agencies with no trace to date.

Johnson 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 questioned.

The Minister also said that the Buganda region is not in any way targeted by the kidnaps.

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