UGANDA: MPs begin process to censure Gen Tumwine over safe houses.

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Parliament last evening adopted a motion seeking to censure the Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine.

Gen Tumwine is accused of blocking the work of Parliament when Members of Parliament were probing illegal detention centres in the country.
The MPs amended the Human Rights Committee recommendation that had sought to ‘punish’ the minister without providing details.

The motion was moved by shadow internal affairs minister Mohammad Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County, DP) under Rule 56 of parliamentary rules of procedure, after debate on the torture of Ugandans in safe houses.

Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, instituted an investigation into the alleged torture by Internal Security Organisation (ISO) after Mr Latif Ssebaggala (DP, Kawempe North), and Kassiano Wadri, (Ind, Arua Municipality), alleged that ISO was running safe houses to torture people in Kalangala District and Kyengera in Wakiso.

Gen Tumwine later admitted that government was running safe houses for intelligence purposes but not torturing civilians.

But the MPs say individuals are using security agencies to settle personal differences and torturing people.
The committee noted from some of the testimonies that individuals use security agencies to resolve their personal conflicts and recommends that security agencies should avoid being used by the public to settle personal vendetta.

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