By Yosam Gucwaki
Leaders from Masindi district have petitioned Parliament seeking its intervention in the continued detention of Col Ndahura Atwooki without being produced to court, Chimp Corps report.
Military intelligence operatives on June 12 raided Masindi Town where they arrested Col Ndahura.
He had earlier been dropped as head of Naguru-based Directorate of Crime Intelligence and recalled to the army.
Officials say he was taken to Makindye Military barracks where he remains in detention.
Other senior police officers in detention include Richard Ndaboine, former cyber security chief; and Herbert Muhangi, former Flying Squad Commander.
The leaders who have petitioned Parliament include the LC3 chairpersons from nine sub-counties of Masindi district; Municipality leaders under the leadership of mayor Joab Businge and the district leaders under the guidance of Cosmas Byaruhanga, the district chairperson.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, District Council speaker Moses Kirya said he was among four district leaders who delivered the petition to the speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday.
Other members of the delegation include Nelson Bagonza Mandela, the dean of LC3 chairpersons who also doubles as Central Division Chairperson, Muhamoud Kyamanywa, the Councilor representing Pakanyi sub-county where Ndahura was born and Geoffrey Bigabwa Kiiza, a close family friend.
Kirya said over 100 signatures were collected from different leaders in support of the petition.
“All we want is our son being produced to court like any other Ugandan accused of an offence,” said Kirya.
“The Speaker of Parliament promised us a response in two weeks.”
On his part, Bagonza explained that the aim of the petition is to compel government to produce Col. Ndahura to court.
“We cannot just sit and see own son suffering and yet is supposed to get justice,” charged Bagonza. He said the people of Masindi are disappointed seeing Col. Ndahura being detained “continuously without knowing his charges and yet he was working under the orders of his bosses.”
The state is yet to reveal reasons for the detention of Ndahura, who previously as a commander in the then Presidential Protection Unit (PPU).
“We are not saying Ndahura is innocent but we want court to come out and give him chance to defend himself,” said Bagonza.
At the same presser, Kiiza, a close friend, said Ndahura’s family is “suffering because we cannot access money in the bank.”