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 has
been found dead.
His body was recovered from Kiyunga forest by a team of NUP
supporters following days of searching. Ssemakula,’s widow, Zarupha Nampijja says her husband did not return home on
the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to Nampijja,
she had cautioned the deceased against moving at the night during campaigns due
to the rampant kidnap of NUP supporters in the area. Asadu Jjemba, a resident of Kabembe says the deceased is among several NUP supporters
who were kidnapped by people driving in a white numberless van during in the
night of January 13th, 2021.
He says while the rest were released, Ssemakula
was still missing.
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Throughout the parliamentary campaigns, NUP candidates and coordinators
repeatedly complained about the kidnap and brutalization of their supporters.
Abdullah Kiwanuka, the Mukono North NUP elect, says after failing to get police
attention, they are finalizing a petition to present before high court to
compel police and the government to produce their missing members, dead or
He says nine of their members namely Isma Ssenkubuge, Juma
Mukasa, Joseph Kyakuwa, Muhammad Kanata, Steven Ntulume, Julius Kiberu, Musa
Male, Sowedi Lwanga and Isma Mwanjazi are still missing.
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Although the NUP members point accusing fingers at Ronald Kibuule, the Water
State Minister and incumbent Mukono North MP for masterminding the kidnaps and
torture opposition supporters, he has
vehemently denied the accusations.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday evening,
Kibuule tasked those accusing him to produce evidence implicating him for the
kidnaps. Grace Nyangoma, the Commander Naggalama Police Division has denied
accusations of declining to enter cases of torture and missing persons by the