FDC Youth Activists to Demonstrate Over Missing Party Members

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Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga denies having any knowledge about the missing FDC youth activists. According to Enanga, they usually inform the public and relatives of those picked up by police so that relatives or friends can visit them.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC youths activists have given the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura a five day's ultimatum to release their colleagues in police custody or else they stage violent protests in Kampala. 

The FDC activists under their umbrella body 'Colour Blue' activism led by Walid Lubega Mulindwa, the FDC youth league Vice Chairperson, say they are tired of being picked up by Police and dragged to ungazetted locations.
 

Mulindwa says they want Kayihura to explain and inform the nation about the various abductions of their colleagues or else they show him that they are capable of protecting their rights. Addressing the weekly, FDC briefing this afternoon at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Mulindwa claimed about 10 party members mainly youths have gone missing in the past two weeks.
 
 
He identifies some of the missing party members as Kahemba Babi and Francis Busurwa. Mulindwa says they suspect the two and others are being held by police at Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.  He says what is more worrying is that the missing party members have neither being arraigned before nor interacted with their lawyers.
 

Mulindwa says some of their colleagues who were picked up earlier and released claim they are being threatened with being linked to rebel activities unless they abandon FDC. The FDC activists have tasked International Human rights agencies to inspect the state of Nalufenya police station, which is well known for human rights violation and illegal confinements.
 
 
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga denies having any knowledge about the missing FDC youth activists. According to Enanga, they usually inform the public and relatives of those picked up by police so that relatives or friends can visit them.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.