Members of Parliament sitting on the Human Rights Committee have been denied access to inspect various safe houses around Kampala by the army.
The safe houses in Kyengera, Nalukolongo and Nakasero are part of a country wide set of units that the MPs call ‘torture chambers’ where Ugandans are subjected to inhuman interrogation technics.
The Members of Parliament had taken it upon themselves to visit the safe houses against Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine’s consent.
The MPs had been cleared by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah after they approached him over the minister’s stance to their arrangement.
At a the Kyengera safe house where they first went, the MPs were told to seek clearance with Col Frank Kaka Bagyenda, the Director General of ISO.
On hearing this, the MPs vented their frustration about the matter.
“We can not stand here as a committee and let this practice continue,” said Latif Ssebagala, MP Kawempe North.
Last week MPs asked Gen Elly Tumwiine to cause the presence of Col Bagyenda to appear before them to no avail.