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Gov’t meets Opposition over alleged kidnaps

Government offcials, members of the opposition and Parliament Leaders have met over the alleged kidnaps of Ugandans by security agencies.

The meeting held in the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa’s office was attended by the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, the Government Chief whip Hamson Obua, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance Chris Baryomunsi, Minister for Defence Okoth Oboth and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga.

During the session, the Minister for ICT Chris Baryomunsi tabled an accusation stating that the leader of opposition was fueling instability in the country by spreading wrong information about the kidnaps. Members of the Government also demanded that Mpuuga and group submit a new list of the allegedly kidnapped members for better review.

However, Mathias Mpuuga insisted that government must be held accountable for missing persons since 2020 and turned down the demand to submit new lists, asking why they have not yet interested themselves and come out to respond on the lists already submitted early this year. Mpuuga also accused the government officials of negligence, saying there is no way they could have lost the lists submitted to Nabbanja and parliament respectively.

“She (Nabbanja) can’t convince me that she lost it. But also, all these lists were captured on the official record of Parliament; the Hansard. The PM and her team can’t be too lazy to fail to retrieve those lists,” he said.

“We have presented about four lists, the last being on October 6, 2021 upon the request of the government following a meeting that was chaired by the deputy Speaker. They have up to Tuesday next week to explain the whereabouts of each of our people short of which, a formal declaration will be made to the country that these people be included on the list of the people who have been killed by this regime,” Mpuuga added.

The Dep. Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa on his part also indicated that the documents presented in the meeting had some gaps and the meeting was not conclusive.
“In our meeting, we realized that the documents presented had some gaps. We have given ourselves up to Tuesday next week to conclude the matter and report to the house. In case there are any new cases, they should be brought to our attention and we handle them before reporting to the House,” Tayebwa said.

The meeting also agreed on new delegations to appear for the next one

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