Security minister General Elly Tumwine Wednesday appeared before the parliamentary committee on Human rights, to respond to the allegations of the existence of ungazetted safe houses in Uganda.
Legislators led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Francis Zaake and Latiff Sebaggala appeared before the Human Rights Committee to give testimonies about their supporters who have overtime been picked by unknown vehicles and dropped at ungazzetted safe houses.
Hon. Latif revealed that the number of citizens under captivity in illegal safe houses assert that they were arrested by Internal Security Organization(ISO) and CMI under unclear circumstances.
However there was shock in the room when the Security minister Gen. Tumwine asserted that some of the safe houses cannot be accessed after FDC’s Osege asked whether it was unconstitutional for Parliament to visit safe houses.
Gen. Tumwine as the security minister further shocked the committee when revealed that he was aware of the safe houses across Uganda but he could not ascertain their number adding that these safe houses operate under the Security Intelligence Organizations Act.
On whether he owns a safe house in Nakasero as alleged by Hon Kyagulanyi, Tumwine denied the allegation saying that some of safe house functions include; to coordinate clandestine intelligence operations; to debrief and re-brief intelligence assets; to protect witnesses in danger, especially criminals who have turned into witnesses and secure persons who come seeking to be protected by the state for various security reasons, to manage hard-core criminals who require a long time to reform and now need observation and surveillance and to secure persons who come seeking to be protected by the state for various security reasons.