UPDF Captain Accused of Harassing Relatives

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Peter Mugisa, the 2nd Division Army Spokesperson, says they have already met the aggrieved residents. He however, says the accused officer is on duty in Somalia.

Captain Sedius Mugisha, a Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF officer is under the spotlight for allegedly using soldiers to harass his relatives in Rwobuyenje cell in Mbarara Municipality.

The conflict is over a 20-acre-piece of land from which Mugisha wants to evict his relatives.

The disputed land was left behind by Mugisha's great grandfather, the late Elisa Bikandema. Mugisha reportedly claim Bikandema passed on the land to him before he died in the early 1990's.
 
His relatives are now seeking protection from the 2nd division army leadership at Makenke Barracks and Mbarara Resident District Commissioner, Captain Martha Asiimwe.

Maisho Byamaka, one of the affected residents, says he has received death threats from the UPDF soldier on four occasions. Benon Kajubi, another resident says Captain Mugisha has been conniving with junior officers at the UPDF 2nd division headquarters to threaten them.
  
Captain Martha Asiimwe, the Mbarara Resident District Commissioner has confirmed receiving the complaints, adding that she has forwarded the matter to UPDF for possible intervention.
 
Major Peter Mugisa, the 2nd Division Army Spokesperson, says they have already met the aggrieved residents. He however, says the accused officer is on duty in Somalia.
  
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Our reporter was unable to establish contact with Captain Mugisha to hear his side of the story.
 

 

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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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