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KYEGERA, Uganda

Members of Parliament have been blocked from accessing the safe house in Kyengera, which is allegedly being used by the Internal Security Organization as a ‘torture chamber’ for those believed to have committed crimes.

The MPs, led by the Chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Human Rights, Janepher Nantume Egunyu (MP Buvuma County) were told by the one of the soldiers guarding the facility that they don’t open for “whoever goes there”. They were told that they needed to get permission from the ISO director general Mr Kaka Bagyenda first to be allowed in.

Ms Nantume said it was “on-spot visit to the safe houses” run by ISO.

The MPs who had gone in company of journalists had to leave after being blocked from accessing the premises. They however said they are determined and will leave no stone unturned in fighting ‘human rights abuse’.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, who is a member of the committee said,” This on-spot visit further exposes the human rights abuses by these ISO operatives who have been arresting people in a gangster style.”

While appearing before the committee last week, Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine, confirmed that there are “several safe houses” but could not reveal how many they are, where they are, and how many people are being held there.

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