In response to the questions on alleged abduction and kidnapping of Ugandans from various parts of the country that has dominated the media in the recent past, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso says she would not refer to them as abductions.
While talking to the country on NBS Television’s Morning Breeze show, Brig-Gen Byekwaso dismissed claims that Ugandans are being abducted although she admitted that some are being picked up for various reasons.
“The question on abductions has dominated the media bringing the forces under the spotlight but in my opinion, I will begin by not calling them abductions but acknowledging that some people are being picked for various reasons.”Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso, UPDF Spokesperson
A number of people have been reported missing, allegedly kidnapped and/or abducted within Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono among other parts of the country and this has raised questions to the security bosses.
The armed men who take these people don’t identity themselves and don’t give a reason to why they have picked up someone hence Ugandans terming it as abduction.
The UPDF spokesperson has however dismissed reports that indicate that people are being tortured by security operatives saying any form of torture is illegal and those cases are being investigated.
“What I have read in the newspapers wasn’t physical torture but psychological. Any form of torture isn’t allowed and this is something that must be investigated.”Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso, UPDF Spokesperson
She also revealed that she is not aware of people any of the arrested people that are being held up in the military barracks of Bombo and Makindye.