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Break the silence on the continued kidnaps- Fr Gaetano to Museveni

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Break the silence on the continued kidnaps- Fr Gaetano to Museveni

By Richard Akandwanaho

The Chairperson of Kigezi Interreligious Council Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has asked President Yoweri Museveni to break the silence and make a public statement on the continued kidnaps in the Country.

Fr Gaetano, who is also the Vice Chairperson of Kick Corruption out of Uganda, was today speaking during a press conference at Kick U offices in Kirigime ward Southern division Kabale municipality.

There have been many reported cases of kidnaps of most especially supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) countrywide, before and after the 14th Presidential elections.

Rogers Ssemakula, one of the National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters and resident of Kabembe in Kyampisi Sub County in Mukono district who went missing on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections, was later on 20th January found dead. His body was recovered from Kiyunga forest by a team of NUP supporters following days of searching.

On 7th January at least two candidates of National Unity Platform (NUP) in Mawokota South, Mpigi District were reportedly kidnapped by people believed to be security operatives, according to relatives and friends.

Abdul Rashid Nkinga aka Jjaja Katikannyonyi who was the NUP flag bearer for Buwama Town Council chairperson seat and Ronald Ssekajja, who was eying Buwama Rural Sub-County chairperson seat, also went missing putting their relatives into panic.

Others who are reportedly missing include;  Ronald Mugerwa, a prominent businessman  and proprietor of Jazz African Motel in Buwama Town; Victor Makenya ,a resident of Jalamba Village and Godfrey Kisembo Buyaaya, the  proprietor of Buyaaya Glass Mart in Buwama Town among others. Over 50 other NUP supporters and coordinators especially from Buganda region are reportedly also missing.

On 5th this month, the Minister of Internal Affairs, General Jeje Odongo, admitted that security operatives have been using Toyota Hiace vehicles, commonly known as drones in the alleged kidnap and torture of a number of Ugandans.

Fr Batanyenda said that its unfortunate that President Museveni has kept silent when Ugandans are continued to be targeted, kidnapped, tortured and killed by alleged security personnels.

He asked the president to come out and explain to Ugandans the people behind the kidnaps, the reasons for the kidnaps and the government’s next course of action.