Government calls for calm as security agencies compile lists of Ugandans arrested during January elections

Posted: 2021-02-15T07:57:51Z Read: 930 times
Government calls for calm as security agencies compile lists of Ugandans arrested during January elections

The Police and all other agencies must provide a detailed update about all individuals who were arrested, before, during and after the General elections. 


Prior to the period leading to the just concluded elections, security forces carried out a number of arrests, following intelligence reports about planned activities that were going to cause chaos during and after the elections.


While addressing the nation on Saturday, H.E Yoweri Museveni instructed security forces to give an update about these arrests, arguing that this will enable the country to get a detailed account of who was arrested and for what reason. 


While addressing the press on Sunday the Minister for information Hon. Judith Nabakooba noted that the update will also put tp rest rumors that more people were being kidnapped from their homes and work by security agents.


“It will also put to rest some of the rumours and fake news that had started to emerge regarding some of the arrested individuals. I would like to assure the public that all the arrested persons have been kept well with dignity. Government of Uganda does not support the torture or any form of violence against anyone” Nabakooba said.


The Minister called upon members of the public to disregard any information that suggests arrested people were tortured, revealing that security officials who use torture against suspects are against the law and are liable to individual prosecution.


She added that the President was clear that in situations where security officers went beyond and committed excesses like torture of suspects, they will be dealt with.


“I therefore call upon members of the public to remain calm and allow the police to provide its detailed report. Once the report is done, I believe relatives of those arrested will be able to access those being held. For those with cases to answer, they will be produced in the courts of law for justice to be done” Minister Nabakooba said.