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Ugandan Political Activist with Rwandan Links, Sulah Nuwamanya, Missing

Sulah Nuwamanya, a Ugandan political activist who a few years ago left Rwanda to settle in Uganda, has gone missing.

Nuwamanya previously worked with Rwandan state newspaper, The New Times before joining Action Aid Rwanda in the Capital Kigali.

He would later shift to Uganda where he briefly worked with an NGO before resorting to farming.

About two months ago, Nuwamanya was picked by unknown people.

It remains unclear whether this incident occurred in Kampala or Luwero where he runs an agricultural project.

However, a day before he disappeared, Nuwamanya received a call from a friend who said his life was in danger.

It was earlier understood then that those who took him intended to save his life.

But since then, little is known about his whereabouts.

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Some family members said they suspected Nuwamanya was in the hands of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

But CMI Chief Brig Abel Kandiho said they don’t have him in their custody.

“No, no any Sulah,” responded Kandiho when asked by ChimpReports today Monday if they were holding the political activist.

Nuwamanya had in recent months used his Facebook wall to criticize the government of Rwanda and the former Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura.

A popular social media commentator, Nuwamanya has as well condemned Ugandan government’s failure to deliver public services.

“It’s hard to tell where he is today,” said a friend who preferred anonymity to speak freely, adding, “But we are all worried because we haven’t heard from him. We just hope that he is in good hands.”

At the time of his disappearance, Nuwamanya had stopped using smartphones and a personal car to avoid being tracked, underscoring reports he feared for his life.

Nuwamanya last posted on his Facebook page on March 23, saying a Ugandan of Rwandan origin had been “rescued from foreign agents around Ntungamo.”

He neither provided details nor evidence to substantiate his remarks.

Nevertheless, the incident comes at a time Uganda and Rwanda are working hard to restore their relations.

Nuwamanya is said to have maintained ties with Rwandan opposition activists – some of whom President Museveni directed that should stop using Uganda for their activities.

One of the activists was compelled to return to a Scandinavian country.

Kigali has previously denied claims of kidnapping refugees from Uganda, saying many genocide suspects and other criminals continue to loiter in Uganda.

A father of three kids, Nuwamanya attended Kigali International Academy and National University of Rwanda for his education.

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