By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Since the November 18th protests that spread to different parts of the country after the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine, hundreds of people have been and continue to be abducted and bundled into numberless vehicles commonly known as Drones. The drone cars have now become a symbol of terror in Uganda.
In recent days, several media houses have been broadcasting stories of the families of those that were abducted narrating their pain and sorrow at the loss of their loved ones to security officials who sometimes comes dressed on plain clothes.
These people have explained that their loved ones, who are mostly National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters, are whisked away to unknown places and efforts to trace their whereabouts prove to be futile.
Now, there might be a ray of hope. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech has commanded the Director of Crime Intelligence Brig. Gen. Chris Damulira and his Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) boss AIGP Grace Akullo to take to court all the people that have recently been abducted by security operatives within 48 hours.
According to The Observer, Lokech said it was time the public got to know who is behind the increasingly worrying abductions and the charges they are facing. Lokech said Akullo and Damulira must avail the names and particulars of the offences people in hands of security agencies have committed, and have them arraigned in courts.
“I have instructed the Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), to give me the list of anybody who has been arrested and in any of the cells of our security agencies,” Lokech said.
He added that; “I have also instructed that those people arrested who they feel are a threat to security must be brought before the courts of law and this must be done within 48 hours as stipulated in our regulations.”
These people have been abducted from their homes, workplaces, streets and markets among other places by operatives who are often clad in military or police attire, and sometimes plain-clothed but armed, driving around in drone cars.
Here are the names of some of those that have been abducted so far, although there are many others:
- Carpenters Elias Musagala, Shafick Zibula, Kabiswa and Kavuma from Makerere Kavule on December 30, 2020,
- Mike Semudu from Masanafu in Lubaga Division,
- John Damulira from Kiseka market,
- Hassan Mubiru from Kawaala
- Sylvester Kalulu from City Centre.
- Male Musa, Kajimu Musa, Muhamad Kanata, Isma Serunkuma, Kiwanuka Sula, Mukasa Jjuko, Kyakuwa Joseph, Ntule Stephen and Kabanda Disan from Mukono.