Military blocks MPs at ISO safe house in Kyengera

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Officers outside ISO safe house in Kyengera

Officers attached to Internal Security Organisation [ISO] have Tuesday blocked Members of Parliament from accessing their safe house in Kyengera, outside Kampala.

The legislators from the parliamentary committee on Human Rights were led by the committee chairperson Janepher Nantume Egunyu who doubles as the MP Buvuma County.

At the facility, they were told by one of the soldiers on duty that they needed permission from ISO Director General Col Kaka Bagyenda to access the torture chamber.

Journalists clamor to take pictures

The soldiers forced the MPs who were accompanied by journalists to leave the premises without entering or looking inside.

While appearing before the committee last week, Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine, said there was no torture in Uganda’s safe houses and even invited MPs to visit them.

Although he would comply to directives by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Gen Tumwine made it clear that some of the safe houses were inaccessible.

The MPs are currently investigating alleged human rights abuses by the ISO as directed by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga last month were also told the Kyengera safe house is run by criminals like Paddy Sserunjogi aka Sobi.

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