Uhuru Institute Condemn Police Raid, Deny Funding Illegal Activities

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The Uhuru Institute for Social Development has condemned police raid of its Naguru-based offices on suspicion that its being used as a conduit for illicit funds to facilitate illegal activities.

The Uhuru Institute for Social Development has condemned police raid of its Naguru-based offices on suspicion that it's being used as a conduit for illicit funds to facilitate illegal activities.
 
Police on Monday raided Uhuru Institute offices and confiscated five computers, 13 financial files, various vouchers of mainly dollar transactions and 15 mobile phones of staff and visitors found at the institute in the search that lasted for seven hours. Police also arrested one Uhuru Institute staff, Francis Lulahali.
 
The Institute's Operations Director, Jane Amuge Okello, says Lulahali, a data analyst, had used one of the office mobile phones that were being used for research to call his mother informing her that he would be returning home late. After the call, Lulahali deleted the call log from the phone and his action was interpreted by the police as suspicious hence his detention.
 
Amuge says the Institute condemns the cowardly raid intended to disrupt Uhuru's noble cause of fighting poverty and promoting social economic transformation. She says the Institute demands police to return their equipment and release detained staff.
 
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Vincent Ssekate, the Criminal Investigations Department spokesperson, was yesterday quoted saying that the Institute had received funding for illegal activities. According to the search warrant issued by Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani, dated August 29th, police was given permission to search computers, documents, mobile phones and financial transaction files. The search warrant is supported by an affidavit sworn by detective Assistant Superintendent of Police Hilary Niwahereza.
 
Amuge dismissed Ssekate's comment arguing that its false and intended to damage the Institute's image. She says the Institute recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives as well as National Forestry Authority in cooperatives growth and greening Uganda.
 
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The memorandum of understanding is focused on reconstruction of storage facilities, improving access to competitive markets, development of collective drying platforms in villages, acquisition of food processing technology for value addition and access to affordable transport, and competitive markets. 
 
According to information on its website, Uhuru Institute aims to inspire citizens to collectively generate wealth and participate peacefully and actively in building a responsive democratic governance in Uganda. It supports Ugandans to organise for wealth creation, advocating for and utilising quality social services, and participating in building a peaceful, prosperous, and happy nation.
 

 

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