Residents in Kyotera are crying
foul over their missing relatives and colleagues whom they claim have been illegally detained by security authorities ahead of the general elections.
The concern comes after a resident
identified as John Kiwanuka and 4 others went missing after they were
reportedly picked by security operatives for unknown reasons on Saturday and
since then they are missing.
Teddy Naluswata one of the
residents of Kisamula village in Kyotera town council in Kyotera district says
that in the same night Kiwanuka was arrested her husband Ronald Muwonge was
also picked from their marital home and taken to unknown place over unclear
Locals are wondering how the
security authorities can just hijack people from their homes without telling
them reasons as to why they are arrested in such a manner.
Andrew Kagwa one of the neighbors to Kiwanuka says that people that took away Kiwanuka could have broken into his house because they found everything at his home was broken and messed up.
Grace Nakanjako another resident who says that her husband Frank Lusemba was also picked over unknown reasons by
the security operatives is asking the district security authorities led by the
resident district commissioner, to intervene and help the residents have their
people released from illegal detention.
Residents claim that the
arrests may be politically motivated because some of the arrested people have
been supporters of John Paul Mpalanyi one of the contestants of Kyotera County
seat, wondering why the arrests are being conducted ahead of the general elections.
The southern regional police
spokesperson Muhamad Nsubuga , has dismissed the claims of security authorities
arresting people illegally asking those with missing relatives to go to Masaka
regional police offices and open up cases so that police can start
investigations into the matter.
With police denying any arrests, it is now hard for their families of the persons who have been picked, and they have to heed Mr Nsubuga's advice and file cases of missing persons.