News reaching our news desk this morning is of the kidnapping of Kagimu Hamza, a political activist belonging to the National Unity Platform (NUP) that happened over the weekend.
It is believed that earlier on that day (Sunday 29th August 2021), NUP had staged a rally in Nakasero 111 ward which was intercepted by Police.
According to the wife, Kagimu was among the people that front lined the protest against Police to demand for their rights to hold a rally as other candidates do, and it was on that night that he was picked from home and taken to an unknown place.
“It was on a Sunday evening as me and my husband were eating supper then we had a group of people knocking on our door. We first got curious about who these people until they kicked the door open since we never opened for them. Here they had come, a group of security personals in civilian wear who picked my husband and took him into their drone vehicle and drove away.” Said Zainab Nalwanga, the wife to Kagimu Hamza.
The wife further told our reporter that the way they arrested her husband was so hard and rough even in front of their children and when she tried asking about the reason of arresting him, they kept on telling her that he had been earlier on warned.
“The three men pulled my husband outside the house and on reaching at the van three more men was waiting as I saw them with my eyes though they had worn their masks, and this made it hard to identify any of their faces.” She added.
Since Sunday, Zainab and other family members have tried reaching out to different Police stations but couldn’t trace where Kagimu was taken as they even started suspecting that he might have been taken in one of the country’s safe houses.
The condition that Kagimu is in right now isn’t good as the wife says that he was badly beaten, kicked and by the time he was taken he had already gotten physical injuries and bruises on his body as he was trying to resist arrest because these men had no arrest warrant.
This is not the first-time political activists going through such conditions as even two months back another political activist belonging to the FDC party claimed to have gone through the same situation.
These abductions come in a timing where the country is left with only 3 months to go in for the general presidential election and they’re mainly targeting members within the opposition.
“Kagimu Hamza was formerly an NRM supporter, but he changed his support to NUP as this party had all ideologies that worked for him as a youth.” His wife concludes.
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