Heavily armed soldiers and police on Tuesday raided and the searched a residential apartment in Masaka town over suspected terrorism, sending tenants into panic. The building located at Bwala in Masaka municipality, belongs to Resty Wangi, a local businesswoman.
Heavily armed soldiers and police on Tuesday raided and the searched a residential apartment in Masaka town over suspected terrorism, sending tenants into panic.
The building located at Bwala in Masaka municipality, belongs to Resty Wangi, a local businesswoman.
The incident happened at around midday when heavily armed soldiers and police stormed the mansion located near Radio Equator, surrounded it and forced all the tenants to open their houses.
The mansion has over 15 tenants staying in it. They include night watchmen attached to Saracen security guards, teachers and about five other relatives of Resty Wangi, the landlord. The soldiers also arrested some tenants and detained them for sometime before releasing them afterwards without any charge.
Joseph Kiyimba, a tenant at the raided home says he was at work taking photographs when he received a phone call telling him to rush home for questioning.
Kiyimba explains that when he reached, he found his two roomed house upside down after the soldiers had searched almost everywhere. He claims that the soldiers asked him to hand over the gun and the bomb making materials they have in the house.
Kiyimba however denied knowledge of the gun and the alleged bomb materials.
At the time of the raid, Wangi was away. Nabulya Kintu, the acting landlord says she was also not aware of what was going on until police called her from work at Golf lane Hotel and they ordered her to open the main house for searching.
Nabulya, who looked afraid told URN that she opened the house and the soldiers searched everywhere in the house including the photo album negatives. Nabulya says she asked for what they were looking for but they refused to answer instead telling her to open all bedrooms and water tanks for searching.
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The soldiers blocked journalists from recording or interviewing any tenants at the scene. The soldiers also briefly roughed up a URN reporter while he interviewed people around but they later released him and ordered him to leave immediately.
Noah Sserunjogi, the southern region police spokesperson and Felix Kulaigye, the army spokesperson both expressed ignorance of the raid.
But Barnabas Bamusedde Bwambale, the Masaka RDC said police is investigating the home for suspected terrorism. Bwambale, who is also the Chairman Masaka district security committee explained that police got information about suspicious people and objects at the home.
He refused to give details about it but said it was necessary for police to investigate because there were some security concerns about the home.
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