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ANOTHER NGO BROKEN INTO BY SECURITY OFFICERS

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ANOTHER NGO BROKEN INTO BY SECURITY OFFICERS

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KAMPALA. At around 6am this morning, Several security officers both in uniform and plain clothes carrying semi-automatic rifles forced their way into in the building that houses local NGO “Shadows of a Child” in Nakasongola District, The security officers who included police and army officers first reprimanded two private security guards who tried to stop them from accessing the premises.

Jonathan Lumu a security guard at “Shadows of a Child” told us that when he tried to question the police officers and demand for a search warrant he was slapped twice and ordered to lie on the ground and not utter a word. In his own words Lumu said “ I heard some noises as if things were falling down and when I went to take a look, I noticed that some security officers were busy grabbing the Central Processing Units (CPU’s) from the desks and taking them away, when I tried to approach them to find out why a man in plain clothes yelled “Simama” a Swahili word to mean stop”

This raid on “Shadows of Child” is not the first of its kind.  Over the years the police have been raiding offices and headquarters of a number of Civil Society Organizations. In 2017 the offices of two NGO’s Action Aid Uganda and the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies were raided on the same day and the police managed to take away documents and computers. Most of these NGO’s are often accused of funding the opposition and supporting subversive activities against the Government of Uganda.

Enoch Saaki . COURTESY PHOTO

According to Enoch Saaki one of the Directors at “Shadows of a Child” at least 8 computers were taken during the raid and a number of important and confidential documents. For years “Shadows of a Child” SoC has been linked to the opposition pressure group people power but Mr. Saaki on several occasions has refuted these claims, he says “ Shadows of a Child is doing its best to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youths in Uganda and this act against us by the Security forces is shameful and will not go unanswered, we shall take them to court”

Police publicist Mr. Fred Enanga told journalists that there was reason to believe that “Shadows of a Child” has been involved in illegal activity and that everything that was taken from the NGO will be carefully examined by the Police forensics who will come up with a report.

Several international stakeholders, members of the opposition in the parliament of Uganda and Civil Society Organisations have come out to condemn the acts in the public and are demanding for a reasonable explanation from the Police.

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