What did the police, UPDF say in regards to the ‘lacking’ members of the family of journalist Remi Bhati?


Safety officers in Fort Portal Metropolis in western Uganda’s Kabrole district mentioned on Sunday they’d arrested 5 individuals in a Saturday night operation on costs of impersonation and illegally possessing a firearm.
This data got here to gentle after Ms. Remi Bhati, an American journalist from Uganda, tweeted that plain-clothed males in a Toyota Hiace car, identified in Uganda as Drone, had stormed her father’s home. and kidnapped his brother Calvin Katungi. Cousin Mugume Latif and a good friend recognized solely as Abla who had come to fulfill the household.

“Armed plainclothes wielding a plateless drone have stormed my 76-year-old father’s residence in Fort Portal Metropolis searching for a ‘gun’. They discovered none and kidnapped my brother, cousin and his good friend. Kar liya who had come to fulfill her. His whereabouts are unknown. Assist me discover him,” Ms Bhati tweeted round 10 pm on Saturday.
In response to the tweet, the UPDF promised a probe into the matter.

Nonetheless, at round 12 midday on Sunday, UPDF spokesman Brigadier Normal Felix Kulaige tweeted that Alan Kneiseige had been arrested for disguised as a soldier.
“Yesterday night, the flying squad arrested an Allen, who’s disguised as a soldier. The police had an arrest warrant and had sought assist from the Mountain Division Headquarters. They’re being stored at Fort Portal Central Police Station,” Brigade Normal Kulaigye tweeted at round 12:19 am.
Following a collection of tweets by Ms Bhati demanding to know the whereabouts of her members of the family, a UPDF spokesperson despatched one other tweet 5 hours later within the night with particulars of the 5 suspects.

Based on Mr. Kulaigye, the Police Flying Squad with the assistance of different safety companies launched an operation to nab the suspected criminals who’re allegedly in navy apparel and duping individuals in Fort Portal Metropolis.
Following a tip-off, one Alan Kanyeseege, who’s the prime suspect, was caught on the Semuliki Lodge and Bar with an alleged confederate recognized as Shanti Sudai, based on the UPDF.
“Upon transient interrogation, he escorted the safety group to Calvin Katungi’s residence, claiming that he was aboard. Calvin Katungi was additionally on the needed record as an confederate. He was additionally apprehended. Two different associates, Mugisha Isaya And Asaba Abdullatif was additionally arrested. All of them are detained on the CPS Fort portal,” Mr. Kulaigye tweeted together with pictures of a person donning navy fatigue, whom he recognized as Kanyesiig.

Nonetheless, Ms Bhati, who has written and printed tales about blatant human rights violations in Uganda, insisted that her father had visited a number of stations, together with Fort Portal Central Police Station, and didn’t discover her lacking household.
“None of those individuals whom you might have paraded to be my family will not be actually associated to me and I have no idea them. Please free my brother, cousin and his good friend that you just kidnapped from our home in Fort Portal Metropolis.” In a rebuttal, the UPDF spokesperson mentioned, “I did not say they’re your family, we instructed you Now we have proven these whom we’ve got arrested. From Fort Portal. That is all.

In a separate interview in regards to the case, police in Fort Portal Metropolis confirmed the arrest of 5 suspects in a 9 p.m. operation on Saturday following intelligence enter from their officers.
“A group consisting of all safety companies, intelligence officers and native leaders of the world was fashioned to instantly comply with up on the data. The group reached Kisene and Rwengoma villages and arrested 5 suspects (of unlawful firearms) in reference to the case. Possession),” Mr Vincent Tweesige, Police Spokesperson for Ravenzori West Zone.
Based on him, the home of the suspects was searched “however nothing was recovered.”

“Some witnesses had been interviewed and mentioned they’d ever seen Kanyeses Frank aka Allen with a pistol. Statements had been recorded. The suspects had been detained till additional interviews and interrogations had been accomplished,” Mr. Twesige mentioned.
They recognized the suspects as 28-year-old businessman Kanyesige Frank alias Allen, 38-year-old Calvin Katungi, 45-year-old Mugisa Isaya, 22-year-old Abdullatif Asaba and 38-year-old Shanti Sadai. Residents of Fort Portal Metropolis in Kabrole District.

The event comes on the heels of complaints by the opposition Rashtriya Ekta Manch (NUP) celebration, which insisted that at the least 12 of his supporters, who they declare had been kidnapped by safety companies two years in the past, had been nonetheless are lacking.
12 had been allegedly kidnapped individually from completely different locations forward of the 2021 common election.

Lacking NUP supporters embody; John Bosco Kibalama, Michael Semudu, John Damuleira, Moses Mbabazi, Farooq Omar Seguzza, Vincent Nalumoso, Martin Luquago, Muhammad Kanatta, Yuda Sempizza, Musi Mabuwa and Peter Kirya.



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