MPs Barred from Accessing Alleged Safe House in Kyengera

  • by John Kaketo
  • September 10, 2019

Members of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee have been blocked from accessing premises of what is believed to be a safe house in Kyengera.

The MPs including Latif Sebagala, Raphael Magyezi among others could be seen trying to enter the gate but the guards blocked them.

It is said that a one Vincent Kalibala denied them access and told them to secure permission from the ISO Director General Col Kaka Bagyenda.

Recently, the Minister of Security, Hon Gen. Elly Tumwine told the Parliament Committee on Human Rights that there are safe houses in the country although they have no mandate to visit some security installations in the country such as safe houses.

Gen Tumwine was appearing before the committee on last week to respond to a number of questions by MPs surrounding the alleged torture of Ugandans in different safe houses.

The lawmakers wanted the Minister to confirm the existence of the safe houses, their legality as well as the category of people that get detained there among other queries. 

The MPs asked to be given time to inspect the safe houses but Gen Tumwine told them that, for security reasons, they would not get access.

He noted that the existence of safe houses is legal citing the constitution.

“There are areas for security reasons which this committee is not allowed to visit,” Gen Tumwine noted then.