Hon. Mwiru Paul (MP Jinja East) in February 2019 raised concerns on the of violation of the personal liberties and fundamental rights of the LC III Chairperson of Jinja central division, Mr. Kirunda Mubarak who was arrested by the police and still in detention without trial for the last three weeks. The Minister of State for Internal Affairs made a statement to Parliament on the issue.
The Minister, Biga Kannia informed the house that Mr. Kirunda Mubarak and the two others (one Congolese and another, a Ugandan from Mpigi district) were arrested at the border on 20 /2 /2019 at Bunagana Kisoro district without proper identification documents as they tried to cross to the DRC on an alleged business trip. They were transferred to Kigezi Regional Police Station on 241212OI9. He noted that while the police prepared to release them after two days, the Police Officers received information that other security agencies had expressed interest in questioning the detainees whose release was therefore delayed as a result.
The Minister further revealed that on the 2012/2019, the file was sent to police headquarters for perusal and advice. It was however later verified that the interest by other security agencies was not forthcoming and Mr. Kirunda Mubarak was transferred to Jinja Police Station to answer other pending charges. He informed the house that Mr. Kirunda Mubarak appeared in Court in Jinja on 6/312019 afternoon on charges of malicious damage to property and was released on Court Bail.
The Minister finally assured the house that government was ready and willing to respect , protect and promote the rule of law and Human Rights.