The National Unity Platform president and former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine yesterday wrote to the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi and the Defence Minister, Adolf Mwesigye demanding answers for the missing party supporters.
In a petition dated March 16, 2021, Kyagulanyi says that a number of the party supporters have in the past few months been abducted by security operatives, mostly from the army without getting any answer to the cause of the disappearances.
“The few individuals who have surfaced have confessed to having been held at Makindye, Mbuya, Kalangala, Nakasongola, Kyengera and Kasajjagirwa military facilities. Others have been held from unknown centres run by the military personnel whereas Gen Museveni in his recent address stated that some of our missing supporters are in the custody of the Special Forces Command,” Kyagulanyi said in the petition.
Kyagulanyi says in his petition that in almost all cases, the missing supporters who have resurfaced have visible torture marks that he insists have been inflicted by security operatives while in detention.
“The purpose of this letter is to demand that all Ugandans still under illegal military detention are released immediately. We further demand that there is justice for those who have been tortured. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and the victims of torture must be compensated,” he says.
In his petition, Kyagulanyi says the army should stop trying civilians in the General Court Martial as it has happened for a number of their supporters.
During and after the election period, so many Ugandans went missing. It came to the worst when armed men in casual clothes moving in drone cars started picking up Ugandans and taking them to unknown places.
However Minister Gen Jeje Odongo told parliament that some of these people were arrested for participating in riots that happened last year in November.