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     Masaka Residents Living In Fear After Several Youth Disappearing Following Rampant Abductions By UPDF Soldiers…….



    UPDF Soldiers patrolling the streets recently


    Residents in Masaka District  are living in fear since security personnel started conducting their operations in the area following brief postelection violence, which  was staged by some opposition members to protest  the election results that put the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, in first position with over 58%  and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in second position with over 54%.

    Residents in the area reveal several people have since reported cases of missing relatives and friends at Masaka District Central Police Station and efforts by the police to trace the missing persons have proved futile.

    One of the victims of these steadily rising and consistent cases is Patrick Ssejjengo, a resident of Kijjabwemi cell in Masaka town, whose relatives are missing after they were abducted by unknown people.

    Ssejjengo to the Grapevine that; “A week ago, my brother Robert Gita was picked by suspected security operatives who were driving in a minibus motor vehicle commonly known as “Toyota Drone” with concealed number plates and has since never returned. We have searched in various police cells around the area in vain. I suspect that my brother could be detained in the Military barracks at Kassijjagirwa-Masaka.”

    Another victim, Moses Kafeero, a resident of Kimwanyi village in Kingo Sub-county, is currently looking for his cousin brother who went missing on January 18th  this year and accuses the army of being behind the on-going abductions in the area.

    He said that one of police officers advised him to check with the army barracks at Kasijjagirwa after they failed to locate the suspect in police cells.

    To his disappointment, nobody at the army barracks is willing to help or even talk to him  for the many times he has attempted to reach out to them.

    According to Kafeero, dozens of soldiers are going around the area abducting people for unknown reasons.

    Jamiru Nsanja, a mechanic at Naluddugavu Motor Garage in Masaka town, claims that the abductors are mainly targeting known opposition political coordinators who are being accused of lawlessness.

    He says that the operations have created a lot of fear and many of their colleagues are currently on the run for fear of being abducted.

    However, Major Flavia Mulindwa Terimulungi, the spokesperson of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Armoured Brigade Kasijjagirwa-Masaka, confirmed that the forces are conducting joint operations aimed at arresting people who were planning chaos in the region concerning the recent presidential elections.

    According to Mulindwa, security personnel are conducting intelligence-led arrests which she said are intended to maintain stability in the area.

    Terimulungi, however, declined to reveal the number of suspects and remained unspecific on where they are being detained.


    By John Kenny Adeya


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    M7 Urges Ugandans To Study European History



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Ugandans to study European history in order to gain relevant knowledge to develop the country.

    Museveni, who was represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, made the statement at a symposium to address the role of universities in responding to Africa’s problems and development needs. The symposium was held on March 30th at Makerere University.

    Museveni told Ugandans to study European history and get exposed to the world.

    “Have seen some people saying what is the use of studying European History. It is very important to study European History cause when you know about the world, it is like a laboratory. You can know how the world is and how society evolves,” he said.

    Museveni said Africans should borrow good ideas from the Europeans and have them implemented in their own countries.

    He also expressed his dismay with colonial influence that is washing away the African culture and values. He said Africans are buying ‘acids’ to bleach themselves due to colonial influence.

    Museveni further said that University education must help Africas regain their confidence.

    “The education system or university education must put confidence back into the African people,” he said.

    The president also urged universities to incorporate integration in the scope of what they teach to students. He said universities should not teach economics without integration or political science without regional integration.

    Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s vice chancellor urged the government to prioritise postgraduate studies, saying that these help countries transform faster.

    “Economies of countries are transformed much faster if you have a mass of PhD and masters’ graduates,” he said.

    According to Nawangwe, postgraduate students are able to conduct research that leads to national transformation.

    Makerere University will in the next academic year cut the number of undergraduate students to create space for postgraduate and PhD students.

    The institution has also called upon government to increase sponsorship slots for postgraduate students. This is aimed at turning Makerere University into a research led institution.

    By Nickson Maberi


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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Protest: Eight Remanded To Luzira Prison



    Court has remanded a total of eight youths to Luzira prison who were involved in a protest on Tuesday calling for the arrest of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.

    The eight were arrested along Ben Kiwanuka Street as they called for the arrest and persecution of those involved in the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal.

    These include Kawooya Sharif, Ssegawa Shafik, Bukenya Moses, Ndyasiima Nelson, Matanda Augustine, Nayebare Gilbert, Najjume Sanyu and Ssemakula Teddy.

    The eight, who allege to be victims of torture, were arraigned before court and remanded to Luzira prison till April 12th, 2023. The group is accused of assaulting a police officer ASP Flavia Musimenta.

    Police on Monday said it was concluding investigations of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.


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    Minister Rusoke Endorses ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ Campaign



    The Minister of State for Local Government Hon. Rusoke Victoria has endorsed the ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ campaign and urged Ugandans to rally behind president Museveni and make him president again in 2026.

    Rusoke said during the launch of the disbursement of Parish Development Model (PDM) funds to beneficiaries in Lwengo District that Museveni is the only leader that has shown love to the people of Uganda.

    Rusoke told Lwengo residents that by voting Museveni again in 2026, they will make it possible for him to continue with the implementation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto.
    The beneficiaries were selected from 43 out of 45 Parishes in Lwengo District.

    The ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ is a campaign manned by youth across the country with an aim of promoting Museveni’s 2026 Presidential candidature.

    Mr Kitatta Ibrahim Almalik, the Lwengo District LCV Chairman hailed the regime for remaining truthful to its core Ideological principles of Nationalism, Pan Africanism, Social Economic Transformation and Democracy.

    Kitatta said the Parish Development Model will help households overcome poverty through establishing income generating projects using the PDM funds.



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