A youthful NRM activist who disappeared more than a month ago is yet to be traced, raising fears about his life.
Emmanuel Otieno Akhendo was reportedly picked by security operatives on June 7.
As of Tuesday, 40 days after he went missing, Otieno’s whereabouts remained a mystery.
Defence spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire was yet to respond to our requests for comment on this development.
“Apparently, Otieno was last with his family in Busoga. He had an appointment with his colleague who works at the Media Center,” said Godber Tumushabe, a friend of Otieno.
Tumushabe said he was informed that Otieno did not turn up for the appointment and all the time his phones were off.
“I have known him for over two years now because he is engaged in farming activities in Mukono although he hails from Busoga,” said Tumushabe, adding, “I have known to be a very decent and humble young man, very industrious and hard working.”
Otieno was a political opinion writer whose works were published by the Ugandan media.
He is said to have been deeply involved in a protracted political battle between Minister Persis Namuganza and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga conflict.
Otieno was on Kadaga’s side as Namuganza launched a scathing attack on the Parliament Speaker earlier this year.
We could not establish Otieno’s opinions led to his ‘arrest.’
It is suspected the activist is being held at Makindye Military Barracks.
Tumushabe says Otieno should be freed if he is in the custody of the army.
“Our primary interest right now is to establish if he is alive. If he committed any offense, he should be produced subjected to the due process,” said Tumushabe.
Cases of security agencies kidnapping and holding civilians incommunicado for months have been on rise in recent years,