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Army Maintains Grip on Kawooya; to Face Charges Soon

The military remains tight-lipped on the fate of Yusuf Kawooya who was recently brutally arrested by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Kawooya was last week picked from Kampala streets where he was battered with gun butts by men carrying sophisticated weapons.

Contrary to widely publicised reports that the abductors were members of Special Forces Command, ChimpReports understands military intelligence personnel tracked, trailed and arrested Kawooya before detaining him at Kireka Police facility.

Asked to explain why Kawooya was being held by the military, Deputy Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki did not give us reasons.

“Let’s wait when he is produced in courts of law,” Lt Col Akiiki told ChimpReports on Wednesday morning.

The media is reporting that Kawooya was quizzed on his alleged links to rebel outfit, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which has in recent months stepped up attacks in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

ADF is accused of masterminding assassinations of prominent officials in Uganda including AIGP Felix Kaweesi and Muslim clerics.

Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo said the family of Kawooya was able to finally meet him at the Kireka detention facility.

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The suspect was however denied access to a lawyer.

“I met the security folks including the army spokesman and no one is willing to tell Yusuf, his family or me the reason for his arrest. The security folks are also unwilling to divulge the names of the people they charged before the Unit Disciplinary Committee or the sentence they were handed,” said Opiyo.

He said activists would continue to push for Kawooya’s release or for him to be charged in a competent court of law.

“We continue to demand that his tormentors be publicly identified so we know who was commanding them, so that they can all be charged in a competent court of law for their criminal acts,” he emphasised.

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