Local leaders in Bombo led by the Kadhi of Luwero Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa and parents have
called for the immediate release of 50 children held incommunicado at Kyampisi Childcare Center
in Mukono district.
This comes a week after the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and Police
raided Markaz Ibun Hajarai School in Namaliga zone Bombo town in Luweero
district where they arrested the director of the school, Sheikh Uthman Yasin Nsubuga.
also picked up former music artist, Ibrahim Segawa who was previously known as Vincent Segawa together with several others for
alleged child trafficking. During the raid, the officers picked 50 children who were studying Islam and transferred them to Kyampisi Childcare
Center, which is under Pastor Peter Ssewakiryanga.
parents of the affected children, local leaders and the Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, say that since the raid, police have neither produced
the suspects in court or allowed anyone to access them. Jumah Mukiibi, one of the parents
says that Sheikh
Yasin Nsubuga mobilized the orphans and vulnerable children from the community
them and offer them support
at his orphanage center.
that he personally handed over two children to the school after failing to look
after them and was happy with their progress in studying their religion. He, however, says that he was shocked to learn that CMI and Police picked
them up claiming that they were being recruited into terrorism, which he dismisses
Mukiibi says that when he visited the CID headquarters at Kibuli to inquire about his children he was told that he couldn’t access them because they are undergoing rehabilitation at a center run by a pastor.
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Muhammad Asiimwe, the LC 2 Chairperson of Bombo Central and
caretaker of Markaz Ibun Hajarai School explained that other parents are poor
and unable to go to the CID headquarters to find out about their children but frequent the
school asking for help.
Asiimwe says that he has personally tried to visit
Sheikh Nsubuga and children but has been denied access. He wants CMI and Police to present the suspects in the court if they have evidence implicating them as well as return the innocent children to their parents.
Ssengendo, the Bombo
Central Parish Councillor, says that as a community they are happy with the charity work done by Sheikh Nsubuga, saying there
is no information linking him to the alleged child trafficking or terror activities.
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Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi of Luwero District has condemned the arrest of the school director and the learners, saying intelligence acted on a false tip-off from a drunkard in a bar. Mulindwa says that there is no information linking the school to any criminal activity and warned security
against targeting Muslims.
security to release the
children with immediate effect, saying it is unacceptable to hold them incommunicado at center run by a pastor.
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Charles Twiine, the Spokesperson of the Criminal
Investigations Directorate said that the known parents were profiled with
their children and told what to do as investigations are ongoing. He refused to
reveal when the children would be released to their parents and instead fired back questions to our reporter.
Over the weekend, the Mukono North Member of Parliament Abdallah
Kiwanuka visited Kyampisi Childcare Center to check on the children but was turned away by
security. This is not the first
time security is raiding a Muslim center on similar allegations.