The family of Ashraf Kalanzi a boda boda cyclist in Kawempe Division
are worried about his whereabouts.
On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen raided Kalanzi’s home in Jinja
Kaloli zone in Kawempe Division, a city suburb.
His wife Sylvia Tiliwa says that armed men surrounded the house
and others forcefully gained access inside the house while calling her husband
to come out. Out of fear, Kalanzi hid in the bathroom.
She says that when they failed to locate him, the gunmen beat her
and the children until Kalanzi came out of the hideout. According to Tiliwa,
Kalanzi was dragged out of the house and driven in a numberless tinted vehicle.
His motorcycle was also taken.
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Samuel Kalibala, a brother to Kalanzi says that he is worried about
his brother’s life because they don’t know his whereabouts and the people
holding him. He wants Kalanzi released since he is the only breadwinner in the house.
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But Tiliwa says that they visited Central Police Station Kampala
on Thursday but Kalanzi was not there. She however says that at Kawempe police station, a police officer who preferred anonymity
informed her that Kalanzi is being held by one of the security agencies.
The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire
said that Kalanzi is not in their custody.
people have been arrested and tortured since the November protests triggered by
the arrest of the former National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert
Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. The abductors sometimes come dressed in
plain clothes, military, counter-terrorism or joint anti-terrorism task force
abductors grab their victims from their homes, streets, markets, garages. In
February, the former Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odongo tasked the
Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate –CID, Grace Akullo to probe
the rampant abductions by suspected security personnel.