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No abductions in Uganda, Minister Kutesa tells UN  

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The minister made the remarks while meeting the Heads of missions of the five permanent members of the council, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, and the European Union Ambassador to Uganda.

The council is made up of members from the USA, UK, France, and the Russian federation.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign affairs, Minister Kutesa also shared a report into violent riots that took place in Kampala and other parts of the country.

The minister also said the 18th November 2020 riots in which about 54 people were killed were regrettable.

He has assured the UN security council that the government is committed to bringing to book all wrongdoers in the country using the relevant laws.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sam Kutesa has told the United Nations Security Council that there have been no abductions and kidnappings by security forces in Uganda from the time of the 2021 election period as various reports say.
During this meeting, Mr Kutesa shared a report with findings from investigations into the violent riots that took place in Kampala and other parts of the country. In November 2020, 54 people were killed in protests which erupted in the Capital city and other parts of the country following the arrest of 2021 presidential candidate, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in Luuka District.
Minister Kuteesa acknowledged the loss of lives due to these riots saying that the incidents were regrettable. Earlier in February, President Yoweri Museveni claimed that some of the individuals that had been killed during these riots were terrorists.
“We brought a distinguished commando unit from Somalia- which had also destroyed ADF. This commando group quickly defeated the terrorists who wanted to disturb elections. They killed some and arrested some of these terrorists,” President Museveni said
From the statement, the Minister denied on-going allegations that security forces were kidnapping and abducting individuals.
“…anyone suspected of wrongdoing in Uganda will be arrested, investigated and subjected to due process of the law,” the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads.
Since late last year, hundreds of Ugandans have reportedly been abducted, tortured and detained incommunicado in ungazetted places. Some have appeared before the Court Martial on different charges. Others have been dumped in swamps and forests in the middle of the night.
In March 2021, internal affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo tabled before the House a list of names of 177 missing Ugandans who he said are in detention following their arrest during and after the January elections. Some MPs questioned the authenticity of the list with others saying the names on it did not match what they had on their lists.
The same day, the National Unity Platform (NUP) released a list 680 names that they say are of people who are either dead, missing, resurfaced through unclear circumstances or languishing in military custody.

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