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Masaka Businessman Feared Abducted

Lugemwas youngest wife, Nazziwa says her children havent returned to school because of nonpayment of school fees. She also says her landlord has already issued her an eviction notice because she has not paid for January.
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Unknown gunmen have kidnapped Abdul Hamidu Lugemwa, a prominent businessman in Masaka municipality. The gunmen reportedly picked up the 41-year-old Abdul Hamidu Lugemwa from his home in Kyabakuza Zone A in Masaka municipality around 2:30am on Monday morning.

His whereabouts are unknown to his family and mother. Lugemwa runs one of the biggest maize mills in Kyabakuza, which employs more than 20 workers. His wives, Sumaya Nabukwasi, Mariam Nazziwa, Salina Naigaga and Hadijja Babirye are stuck without basic needs since Lugemwa is the sole bread winner. 

Lugemwa's mother, Joweria Nassaka is worried that her son may be killed under uncertain circumstances. Nassaka wants the authorities to disclose the whereabouts of his son.

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Lugemwa's youngest wife, Nazziwa says her children haven't returned to school because of nonpayment of school fees. She also says her landlord has already issued her an eviction notice because she has not paid for January. 

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Saidat Nassanga, a worker at Lugemwa's maize mill, says work has grounded to a standstill because their boss has been the main driver of the business.  She says they are making loses because the maize mill is closed.

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Lugemwa's neighbors say strange people moving in a Premo with tinted windows have been trailing him on different occasions at the mill, home and mosque during prayers.

Francis Mawanda, the Kyabakuza Zone B chairperson, notes that Lugemwa's abduction took them by surprise. Mawanda says his family members informed him shortly after the incident prompting him to search within security circles to find out his whereabouts. 

Lameck Kigozi, the Masaka Region Police Spokesperson, says Lugemwa was not abducted as the family claims. He explains that Lugemwa was picked up by operatives from the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) over matters yet to be established. 

Kigozi adds that this was a covert operation, which ISO officers never wanted police to know about but they were later informed about the operation. According to Kigozi, the operatives kept the operation secret fearing that someone within police would tip Lugemwa and aid his escape.