Five of eighteen people who had been abducted from Kasaali
town council in Kyotera district ahead of the January general elections fled
their homes in the months after they were released from detention and are again missing.
The abduction victims who are largely youthful supporters of the opposition
went missing on 08th January this year, after they were picked from
their respective homes by unknown persons suspected to be from government security
Although the victims returned home later in March, some of
them did not settle down in their original homes and have since fled the area for unknown places.
Sulait Kyambadde one of the victims of the Kyotera political abductions
says they lost contact with some of their colleagues shortly after they
He says that on return, they were greatly traumatized by the
experiences they went through while in detention and that some of them could
have since chosen to go into hiding as a result of fear.
Besides, Kyambadde adds that some of the victims are still
struggling with health-related complications he attributes to the horrible torture experiences
they went through.
Up to now, most of the victims cannot freely open up about what
happened to them in the detention centres they were taken to after they were
This according to Kyambadde is a result of great fear inflicted onto
them by their captors before setting them free, adding that this has also
partly frustrated their efforts of pursuing justice through the courts of law.
The victims were dropped in different parts of Kyotera district in the early hours of Tuesday 23rd of March this year after they had
spent 73 days in detention.
But Jane Kyomugisha, a resident of Kyakonda ward, Nabisasa Sub
county also in Kyotera district says her brother who was also
kidnapped in a similar circumstance in January is yet return, adding that this
might have scared some of the victims to flee the area for their safety.