Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has said Internal Security Organisation [ISO] is holding Somali women who are occasionally raped by its officers.
Bobi Wine was Tuesday part of the Janepher Nantume Egunyu led Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights that was blocked from accessing the ISO safe house in Kyengera, a Kampala suburb.
“We went to Kyengera but we were denied access,” Bobi Wine told journalists.
“Many people I have interacted with told me they were in the safe houses and were tortured.”
He added: “We saw some Somali women in Kyengera and we were told they are being raped.”
Bobi Wine said that they then proceeded to Nateete and saw another safe house by the roadside but were denied access by the soldiers they found.
“This was an opportunity for the nation to see the impunity in the safe houses.”
MPs on the Human Rights Committee of Parliament were also blocked from entering another safe house in Nakasero run by External Security Organisation [ESO].
The MPs were on a drive to investigate the existence of these safe houses and what exactly transpires there but at both locations in Kyengera and in Nalukolongo, the legislators were blocked.
Committee chairperson MP Nantume Egunyu said they wanted to find out where these safe houses are and whether people are tortured there.
“This was a committee decision. We decided to do a spot visit without informing where we were going.”
She added: “We have visited three places but for the two places, it’s absurd we weren’t allowed to access by the soldiers we found. I can’t say we have seen people being tortured because we were denied entrance.”