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Government should give a statement on Team Thorough kidnappers

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By Richard Akandwanaho

The Vice Chairperson of Kick Corruption out of Uganda Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has asked the ruling NRM government to come out with a statement identifying Team Thorough kidnappers and the government’s take on the group.

Fr Batanyenda who is also the Kitanga parish priest in Kabale diocese said this yesterday speaking during a press conference at his parish offices in Kitanga Rukiga district.

On Tuesday last week, Team Thorough, a pressure group attached to National Resistance Movement (NRM) party launched a team of youths to take the responsibility of kidnapping opposition supporters in Kigezi region so that they miss voting during 2021 general elections.

The group which was launched at Kirigime guest house in Kabale Municipality claimed to be funded by the first lady Janet Kataha Museveni. Team Thorough is a group of energetic youth that denounced Amama Mbabazi’s Go Forward pressure group in 2016 and joined the ruling NRM. The coordinators are entitled to select 12 executive committee members at district level.

Speaking as the chief guest, Yohana Bashekura, the Pressure Group’s Head of Transport Department who is also the deputy coordinator in Charge of Kigezi region said that their mission is to make sure that all opposition supporters especially those subscribing to Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s People Power are kidnapped a few days to voting day.

Fr Batanyenda said that its unfortunate for the government to keep silent when groups that are a danger to Ugandans are being formed and publically launched to kidnap Ugandans that bear a different political ideology from the ruling government.

He added that the government must come out with a statement identifying the group, its members, founders, clear reasons for its establishment and its legality. Fr Batanyenda noted that since its launch, many members of the opposition especially in Kigezi region are fearing for their lives, a thing that must be addressed before the situation worsens.