2 NUP supporters released without charge after 7 months in detention

Nakibuuka Soloome, mother to the victims


On December 8, 2020, suspected security operatives raided Lukuli – Nanganda trading centre in Kampala’s Makindye division where they arrested two young men who were mobilising for former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP).

Denis Matovu and his brother Richard Ssonko where to be kept away in detention, without hearing from their close family and friends until Sunday night when security operatives dumped them at Lubiri (Kabaka’s palace) at Mengo, near Kampala.

They risked being arrested for violating the curfew hours and walked up to a friend’s house near the Makindye based military police barracks. Through their friend, they contacted their mother, Solome Nakibuuka, who has spent the past seven months in a desperate search for his sons.

Being that it was past midnight, Nakibuuka waited till daybreak on Monday to re-unite with her sons who she says, don’t know the facility in which they were been living under close security watch over the past seven months.

“The search took me to dozens of police stations, prisons, courts and to meetings with several soldiers who took money promising to help in vain,” she said

Nakibuuka said she had been prone to anxious thoughts about what had happened to her sons. 

“The pain that I have experienced in the last [seven] months, I had never experienced in my entire life,” she said. 

 Nakibuuka would go up whenever she heard stories of some people having been killed and thrown into Lake Victoria or some people killed and dumped in forests. Such tales, she said, would trigger sleepless nights.

The development comes days after the Constitutional Court rule that army courts have no powers to try civilians. The Court also issued directives requiring all cases before army courts to be transferred to civil courts within 14 days.


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