Security operatives abduct Masaka businessman

A family in Kyabakuza Zone A, in Masaka municipality is living in fear after unknown gunmen abducted a prominent businessman.

Abdul Hamidu Lugemwa, 41, was picked from his home on Friday night by suspected security operatives, but his whereabouts are still unknown.

Lugemwa runs one of the biggest maize mills in Kyabakuza and employs more than 20 workers.

In a meantime, his wives Sumaya Nabukwasi, Mariam Nazziwa, Sulaina Naigaga and Hadijja Babirye are stuck without family basic needs mainly food since Lugemwa is the only bread winner.

Mariam Nazziwa, one of Lugemwa’s wives with her children

Nazziwa, his youngest wife, says that her children have not gone to school yet the term has commenced. She added that her landlord has already issued an eviction notice because she has not paid for January.

She said they went to Masaka police station that night and reported the matter but the officers there did not have any clue about his whereabouts.

For some time, Lugemwa’s neighbours say,  strange people moving in a tinted- Premio have been trailing him at the maize mill, home and mosque during prayers.

Other residents said that he is a peaceful man wondering why he was bundled into a car like a terrorist.

Francis Mawanda, the Kyabakuza Zone B chairperson, noted that Lugemwa’s abduction took them by surprise.

Mawanda added that his family members informed him shortly after the incident prompting him to search within the security circles to find out his whereabouts.

Lameck Kigozi, the Masaka regional Police Spokesperson, said Lugemwa was not abducted as the family claims.

He explained that he was picked by security operatives from the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) over matters yet to be established.

Kigozi added that this was a covert operation which ISO officers never wanted police to know about. He noted that they later informed police after the operation.

According to Kigozi, the operatives kept the operation secret fearing that someone within police would tip Lugemwa and aid his escape.