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Army Denies Holding Missing Businessman

Flavior Terimurungi, the Masaka Armored Brigade, Spokesperson, says she hasnt received any complaints from Lugemwas family about his disappearance. She also said police has not informed them anything related to the incident.
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The search for Abdul Hamidu Lugemwa, 41, a prominent businessman in Masaka municipality has entered the seventh day without any success. Lugemwa was picked up from his home in Kyabakuza Zone A in Masaka municipality at gun point last week by unidentified people.

His mother told journalists that Lugemwa was bundled into a Toyota Premio vehicle with tinted windows, which sped off to unknown destination. Shortly after Lugemwa was picked up, Lameck Kigozi, the Masaka Region Police spokesperson, said he had been picked up by operatives from the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). 

Kigozi also claimed that the operatives had informed police about the covert operation. However, in a twist of events, Andrew Kandiho, the Masaka District Internal Security Officer claimed that Lugemwa had been picked up the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for questioning over sensitive security matters. He also refuted claims that the businessman had been kidnapped by unknown people.

However, both ISO and CMI have denied knowledge of Lugemwa's arrest. Flavior Terimurungi, the Masaka Armored Brigade, Spokesperson, says she hasn't received any complaints from Lugemwa's family about his disappearance. She also said police has not informed them anything related to the incident.

The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire also told URN that they are not aware of Lugemwa's whereabouts. He advises his family to liaise with police to trace for his whereabouts. The contradictions by the state agencies have plunged Lugemwa's family in further confusion.

His wives, Sumaya Nabukwasi, Mariam Nazziwa, Salina Naigaga and Hadijja Babirye, say they are stuck without any basic necessities mainly food. Lugemwa's mother, Joweria Nassaka appeals to government to arraign his son in court if he has any case to answer instead of holding him incommunicado. Lugemwa runs one of the biggest maize mills in Kyabakuza, which employs more than 20 workers. 

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