Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said that there were circumstances that led to the delay in releasing the list to members of the public but noted that following a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, the Internal Affairs Minister would soon make the list public.
Police force-UPF has said that the list of missing persons will be released by the
Internal Affairs Minister General JeJe-Odongo to Parliament any time.
President Museveni said that there is no person who was missing but thay had rather been arrested by
security organs as terrorists and directed the army and police to produce
a list of those held in security detention places and make their names known to
the public and relatives.
president said that missing person whom he called criminals had been
arrested by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence -CMI and the
UPDF commando unit for allegedly participating in the November 18 and 19th
protests as well as for threatening violence during the January 14 polls and
after the announcing of the presidential election results.
despite an order for security to release the list to members of the public, for
over three weeks, nothing has been released. The UPDF claimed that the list had
been handed over to the police leadership, but police declined to release the list following a misunderstanding.
revealed to URN that the police top leadership failed to agree with the army on
the number, identity and condition of the missing persons. “The list was
presented, but the Police leadership also demanded to first have a look at these people and their condition before releasing the list to the public, but the
army refused," a source in police said.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said that there were circumstances that led
to the delay in releasing the list to members of the public but noted that
following a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, the Internal Affairs
Minister would soon make the list public.
instruction from Speaker Kadaga of last week still stands, the
Minister met the various service chiefs and this list was forwarded to him. He
will present it before parliament anytime with all details," said Enanga
//Cue; last week the…
Cue… he will present it."//
on reports that the police failed to agree with the army on releasing the list
that was meant to be presented in last week’s press briefing that was abruptly cancelled,
Enanga said all questions would be answered by the Internal Affairs Minister.
“The list mentions the number of people arrested, those
charged and on remand plus those who were released. The minister will give all
those details to parliament and the misunderstanding that happened. “I can’t
usurp the powers of the Internal Affairs Minister because he has the list and
he will present it before parliament," Enanga explained.
development comes as relatives ofthe missing persons continue to express
concern over the whereabouts of their loved ones. Many have expressed fear that
the condition of their loved ones is not good as they suspect that they could
have tortured during and after arrest.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.