As reports of missing persons continue trickling in especially on social media, police has come out and informed the public that there is an ongoing mop up operation to arrest suspects who participated in the November riots in which over 50 people were killed.
Police said that it acknowledges some reports of allegedly abducted and kidnapped persons that have raised concern and fear among members of the public but they (Police) are not getting accompanying complaints that can help to thoroughly investigate such issues.
Over 100 people have been reported missing from the Kampala metropolitan area and many are said to have been arrested by plain clothed security operators and detained in unknown detention centers.
“Some security operations, however, are being conducted to arrest suspected criminals,” Police said.
Addressing the press at Police headquarters in Kampala, Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga revealed that following the November riots that erupted after the arrest of NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi in Luuka district, security agencies arrested more than 1000 suspects to help in investigations but others remained at large and are currently being tracked down.
Prominent among the missing persons was Justin Jjuko, a former international boxer who was detained together with a one Garypo Mayanja who was accused of training and mobilizing youths from greater Masaka region on how to use small arms, martial arts and other rudimentary weapons after the general elections slated for 14th January.
It was later established that they had both been arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) but were later released after 12 days in detention without charge.
“What we can alert the public about is that out of the many suspects who were identified in the wave of protests that took place on the 18th and 19th November 2020, there were certain people who were arrested and the last time the number of those persons was 1100, however, 690 of those have been charged to courts of law while others were given bond,” Enanga said.
“However, there were also many other suspects who were still at large and the task teams are actively trolling the CCTV footage and other available footage to identify these suspects. So there is an ongoing mop up operation on those people who participated in the violent crimes,” he added.
Enanga further pointed out that the investigations have not been closed and the files are still active.
“I believe some of these operations could be part of the reasons for missing persons but we need to work together so that the arresting team will let the families know when their relatives have been arrested and the stations they are taken to,” he said.
He asked the public, especially those with missing persons, to present details to police such that they are helped to track them from the Criminal Investigations Department and crime intelligence.