Kadaga summons Tumwine over ISO safe houses

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On Thursday, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, summoned Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine to present a statement on safe houses in Lwamayuba and Kyengera operated by Internal Security Organisation [ISO].

During plenary, Latif Ssebaggala, the Kawempe North Member of Parliament and his Arua municipality counterpart, Kassiano Wadri, told the House that ISO is running safe houses in ungazetted places.

Ssebaggala told the house that many people have gone missing in different parts of the country and are reported to be detained in those safe houses where they are being tortured.

The legislator said some of those who escaped from ISO safe houses approached him and explained how the reign of terror works.

After picking the suspect, ISO takes them to Katabi in Entebbe from where they are loaded on canoes and boats and taken to Lwamayuba on Kalangala Island for torture.

“When they die, their bodies are reportedly dumped in Lake Victoria. Madam Speaker this is a serious allegation that needs our indulgence because we have seen several cases of people disappearing with no traces. When you go to police cells they are not there either, we need to investigate this,” he appealed.

Wadri reported that Jamila Asha Atim, a record clerk at Arua Regional Referral Hospital was kidnapped by men in a white vehicle on April 17th, 2019 as she was heading home.

Relatives later discovered that Atim is being detained in Kyengera Safe House along Kampala-Masaka road where she has undergone horrendous torture.

Wadri told the house that the suspects are given one meal in four days.

He said Atim who was kidnapped with a one Akram was four months pregnant and has since miscarried due to torture.

Other victims picked up from Nwoya District were identified as Salima, Hagan and Nagima of Somali origin.

“Those places should be visited so that we really know what is happening there,” Wadri appealed to the Speaker.

Kadaga gave the Human Rights Committee of parliament two weeks to investigate and report back to the house.

“Honourable members we direct the committee on human rights committee of this house to move to Kalangala and Kyengera to establish whether there is a safe house and tell us what is there. We expect a report in a fortnight.”

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