The Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo has revealed that at least 44 people have been reported kidnapped and 31 of these are yet to be traced.
Since the launch of presidential campaigns in November last year, the country has witnessed a number of kidnappings by both armed plain clothe men and security personnel traveling in Toyota Hiace commonly known as drones. Most of the victims have since not been arraigned before courts of law nor released on police bond.
Speaking in Kampala, the Minister said that seven of the 44 people who were reported kidnapped had been arrested, charged and released on bail while the other four including Lumu Ronald, Kabaale Benard, Mugarura Ronald and Shafik were arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.
“These suspects have since been interviewed, recorded statements and released on police bond,” he said adding that Galiwango Rogers allegedly kidnapped from Kyebando with 10 others resurfaced after three days.
Minister Odongo said that in Mukono, four people are reported to have been kidnapped identifying them as Male Musa, Kamata Muhammad, Kagimu Musa and Kiberu Julius.
He also revealed that 11 other people allegedly kidnapped in Masaka.
“I have tried to give an update on the continuous incidents of alleged kidnap. Investigations are ongoing and I undertake to give progress of these investigations with time. I would like to appeal to the public at large, please report these alleged incidents of kidnap to police. We undertake to investigate each and every one of the reported incidents,” Gen. Odongo added.
The Minister also said that Buganda region is not in any way targeted.