A team of legislators has been dispatched to visit the state run detention facilities mostly known as ‘safe houses’.

Deputy speaker asking MPs to visit safe houses

The directive follows the Deputy speaker’s demands for the legislators to visit the alleged torture sites. Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah fell out with the security minister’s blockage orders and instead asked the MPs to check the Kyengera and Kalangala facilities. This directive was reached after a span of tear evoking testimonies given by some of the victims who had been held in these facilities. The abductees met with the Human rights committee chaired by Janepher Nantume Egunyu.

Torture victim Gabula Evans recounts his ordeal to parliament

However Gen. Tumwine told off MPs not to visit the safe houses claiming that they will be blocked from accessing these premises for security reasons.

Gen. Tumwiine earns MPs against visiting safe houses (file photo)

The visiting committee is on its way to Kalangala to see what happens with the abducted Ugandans held by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Yesterday, the Mukono municipality MP, Betty Nambooze intimated that she had been tipped off by some torture victims of her constituency that ISO and CMI are doing all it takes to vacate the abductees such that the visiting MPs find empty space. MPs would be allowed to visit the safe houses if the abductees are fully relocated to anonymous places

Mukono MP Betty Nambooze
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