Opposition members of Parliament have said it will be very unfotunate for Uganda to celebrate her 60th independence when Ugandans are being abducted, tortured and killed without trial while others still rotting in prison.
The remarks were made by the members of the shadow cabinet who were giving an update on efforts to trace the whereabouts of Ugandans who have been abducted in the past few days.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Abdallah Kiwanuka, Shadow minister for internal affairs, said they are constrained to believe that the missing persons who are neither under trial before the military courts nor the civil courts were killed and the state is only feeling shy to mention that these people are dead.
“We demand that Parliament constitutes a select committee to investigate these abductions and enforced disappearances of our people, “he said, adding that it will be sad for the country to celebrate independence when this kind of impunity is still ongoing.
Kiwanuka said like in the past when these matters were raised in Parliament, the leadership convened meetings between their side and the government during which the executive made commitments which they have failed to honour to date.
“Last Friday, another of such meetings was called by the Deputy Speaker, the Rt Hon Thomas Tayebwa. The outcome of this meeting was a commitment from the state to give a full accountability of all the missing persons within one month. They also made an undertaking to stop the abductions much as the vice is still ongoing, “he said.
He explained that they were asked to furnish them with the full particulars of the missing persons and they undertook to avail the same by Friday this week.
Othe MPs however said this is not the first time that they are providing full details of persons that were abducted before, during and after the 2021 general elections.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) President, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and other opposition leaders have on several times raised this issue through different channels including the floor of Parliament.