Rehema Nanyonjo 39, says that the security operatives dressed in military uniform picked up her husband Micheal Ssemuddu and resident of Masanafu Kinoonya zone from a shop at Kumunaku in Lubaga Division on November 21, 2020, where they found him seated.
A woman in
the Kampala city suburbs of Masanafu has failed to trace the whereabouts of her
husbands, eleven after he was picked up by state operatives driving a Toyota Hiace minibus popularly
knowns as a drone.
Rehema Nanyonjo 39, says that the
security operatives dressed in military uniform picked up her husband Micheal Ssemuddu and resident of Masanafu Kinoonya zone from a shop at Kumunaku in Lubaga Division on November 21, 2020, where they found him seated.
She says that after
Ssemuddu’s arrest, the drone sped off towards Nateete prompting her to rash
to Nateete police station
but he was not there.
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According to Nanyonjo, at the time of his arrest, Ssemuddu was campaigning for election as LC 3 councillor for Nakulabye zones 2,3, and 4. She says that they have searched around all
police stations in Kampala with the hope of finding Ssemuddu in vain.
“We looked for him at all police stations in Kampala that day but it was
all in vain until when we opened a case at Old Kampala police station,” Nanyonjo said. Adding that, “We went to Kitalya prisons and they told us
that we can’t access the prisons because of the COVID-19 restrictions and we stopped
at the gate.”
that she is now struggling to fend for her four children and five relatives, who were under her husband’s care. Ssemuddu’s young brother, Mathew Kafeero, says that they have
reached out to various security agencies to find the whereabouts of his brother
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Kafeero also says several
officers extorted money from them promising to help them find his brother
without any success. “Most of the security officers were just extorting money from us with promises of helping us to find my brother and now we
are left with nothing,” Kafeero told URN on phone.
He explains that his brother left behind
two senior four
candidates but he only managed to pay for one. “The other one didn’t seat for the final exams
due to school fees problems,” he said.
He appeals to security agencies
to release his brother dead or alive because he was not a criminal. The Uganda People's Defense Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier Gen. Flavia Bwekwaso, said she couldn’t say
much on the matter because it requires investigations.
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In November last year,
security picked up several people in connection to the nationwide protests
triggered by the arrest of the National Unity Platform-presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi at Saza grounds in Luuka district for alleged violation
of the COVID-19 containment measures.
Plain clothed security personnel also
gunned several protesters and onlookers especially in central Uganda during
the protests the November 18th and 19 protests.