By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
In the previous few weeks, the voices of Ugandans asking the security authorities to release the list of people they have abducted and keep holding in detention have become loud, so loud that both the Police and the army started “beating each other up” on who should release the list.
On Monday this week, Police Spokesperson ASP Fred Enanga and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, said that they had compiled the list of all the people in their detention and forwarded it to the Minister of Internal affairs Gen Jeje Odongo to present it on the floor of Parliament as per Speaker Kadaga’s instructions, although he did not.
“We don’t have anything to do with that matter anymore. As you have been told, the minister of Internal Affairs is to handle the matter. He will pronounce himself on the floor of Parliament, but I can’t tell when that will happen,” Lt Col Akiiki said.
Yesterday was the day Odongo was expected to do so, but he failed to make it due to unknown reasons. The Minister’s failure to appear before Parliament forced Kadaga to tell MPs to release their own lists of missing people in their constituencies.
On Wednesday morning, the now leading opposition party the National Unity Platform (NUP) said they had released a list of missing people they have been compiling since November 2020 after the “Free Bobi Wine protests,” and according to Daily Monitor, the list comprises of 243 names.
However, the NUP leaders claim that the number of missing people, most of whom are its supporters, is in the tunes of 400.
Last week, the party held prayers for these missing people at the party headquarters in Kamwokya and it used the same platform to demand for their unconditional release since, according to the party, these people do not have any case, criminal or civil, to answer.
We shall bring you all the names of the missing persons released by NUP in our subsequent reporting, but here below is a list of some of them;