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31 missing people are yet to be traced – Gen. Jeje Odongo

Gen Jeje Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs (Courtesy Photo)

The Minister for Internal Affairs in Uganda’s cabinet, Gen Jeje Odongo has revealed that the whereabouts of 31 people that were kidnapped are unknown.

The Parliament had charged the ministry of internal affairs along side the ministry of security to inform the general public about the ongoing kidnappings in the country that the police and military all denied sanctioning.

The Security bosses then charged the director of Criminal Investigations in Uganda to carryout an investigation into the reported kidnapping of random people in the country.

In a statement presented to parliament on the directive of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Minister of Internal Affairs Gen Jeje Odongo revealed that 44 people have been kidnapped since November 2020 as per the investigations conducted by police.

He also admitted that security operatives have been using Toyota Hiace vehicles commonly known as “drones” with concealed number plates to make the arrests.

Much as most of the arrests and/or kidnappings have happened around Buganda areas of Masaka, Wakiso and Mukono, Gen Odongo has dismissed allegations that Buganda is being targeted by Security operatives.

Of the 44 people that have been reported kidnapped, 31 are still missing with their whereabouts completely unknown according to the statement issued by Gen Jeje Odongo.

The others have been charged in various police stations and released on bail like the case of Lumu Ronald, Kabale Benard, Mugarura Ronald and Shafik that were arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.

The minister added that their cases were recorded as SID, GtiF 196/2020; They recorded statements and were released on bond on January 6th, 2021.

Gen. Odongo also added that some people were not kidnapped as it has been reported but were arrested and those who have been missing surfaced later.

Minister Jeje Odongo added that investigations are still ongoing and more findings will be communicated with parliament.

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