KAMPALA: Following the 14th January 2021 Uganda General Elections, Kampala National Unity Platform (NUP) famed Youth mobiliser Cissy Nalubega’s whereabouts still remains a mystery.
Nalubega was a resident of Katanga, Wandegeya in Uganda’s capital and an ardent mobiliser of Opposition NUP for youths.
Although sources claim she fled to Kenya for political asylum in June, Nalubega, according to a family member, is among the many NUP supporters allegedly wanted on suspicion of subversion against the government.
‘’Following the arrest of NUP mobilisers around the country, especially Kampala, many survivors have been fleeing the country for safety of their lives’’, a source said.
It should be noted that the leader of opposition who doubles as NUP’s vice president in charge of the central region, Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuga presented before Parliament a list of names for 423 Ugandans that had been reported to NUP as missing by their family members.
Besides Nalubega, another renowned NUP Mobiliser Kasisi Abraham Taliki has also caused sleepless nights to his family and friends following his unknown whereabouts.
Kasisi hails from Mpumudde village , Ndagwe sub county , Bukoto Mid West Constituency in Lwengo District and a renowned pro-change activist and campaigner for NUP Principal Robert Kyagulanyi.
The internal affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo had earlier tabled a list of 177 names of Ugandans that had been reported missing, that he said were in security custody which NUP protested saying it was not agreeable given the number of missing people, the majority of whom were not on the government’s list.
“Our party (NUP) has a list of 423 missing Ugandans contrary to 177 presented on the floor today by Minister Jeje Odongo. I have not even had a 10th of these people’s names, I think I heard about four names but where the rest are,” Hon Mpuuga asked the government.
In March, Police Spokesperson ASP Fred Enanga and Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, said that they had compiled the list of all the people in their detention and forwarded it to the Minister of Internal affairs Gen Jeje Odongo to present it on the floor of Parliament as per Speaker’s instructions.
Up-to-date NUP leaders claim that the number of missing people, most of whom are its supporters, is in the tune of 400.
During the party prayers for these missing people at the party headquarters in Kamwokya , Kampala , NUP used the same platform to demand for their unconditional release since, according to the party, these people do not have any case, criminal or civil, to answer.
According to the government, from the November riots 1,035 suspects were arrested, 901 charged in court, 734 were remanded, 167 released on bail, 113 were released on police bond, 21 were cleared and released by police while 51 were convicted and sentenced.
Minister Odongo claimed that the intelligence reports indicated that many of those that are still missing could be hiding in villages and other areas for fear of being arrested for various offenses committed.
We have been reliably informed that some NUP Opposition campaigners fled the country, saying they feared for their safety after continued arrest and torture of their colleagues before and after the elections.
After the elections, former Presidential candidate Kyagulanyi presented a petition to the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights office in Uganda urging it to call the government to order on the increased cases of abduction and killings.
The party claimed the majority of those abducted are its supporters picked from different parts of the country.
Kyagulanyi said the reason he was petitioning the United Nations was because the local human rights organizations including the statutory Uganda Human Rights Commission have proved to be incapable of doing anything to stop the torture and abductions.
The 2021 general election saw singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine mount a strong challenge to President Yoweri Museveni, who eventually won a sixth term.