The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Parliament committee on Human Rights to commence investigations into allegations of a torture chamber in Lwamayuba at Kalangala island operated by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).
This followed a matter of National Importance that was raised by Kawempe Northern MP, Latif Ssebagala who noted that following the increased kidnappings and torture of Ugandans, he has come to learn that there is a new safe house operated by security organs.
The safe house is partly responsible for the increase in missing persons, he said.
“We have heard complaints from the people we represent over missing persons. People get kidnapped and it takes time without tracing them. This is happening nation wide. Over the weekend, I was approached by those people who managed to escape who informed me that so many Ugandans are kept in ungazetted areas,” Ssebagala said.
Ssebagala noted that the victims are picked by ISO and other security organs, taken to Katabi and later transferred to Kalangala island to a place called Lwamayuba.
“It is alleged that Lwamayuba is the new Nalufenya, there are many containers where people are kept and tortured severely. These people (who reportedly escaped) told me that over 400 Ugandans are tortured from that Lwamayuba in Namayuba zone in Kalangala Island,” Ssebagala said.
He added, “I was also informed that the hard core criminal who was in Kampala called Sobbi is now being used ISO to head the Lwamayuba safe house.”
Ssebagala asked Parliament to move to investigate the allegations and establish why ISO would keep Ugandans in ungazetted areas.
The Speaker thus directed the committee on Human Rights to proceed to Kalangala to establish whether indeed there is a safe house in Lwamayuba and report back within two weeks.
She has also asked the same committee to investigate claims of a safe house in Kyengera along Kampala-Masaka road.