Makerere University student known as Nuwabine Daudi is one of the civilians who will live to curse the repressive regime of Ugandan despot Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni who has led the East African nation since 1986.
Although at age 24, Nuwabine qualifies to be a great grandchild to Mr. Museveni, 76, the former has been targeted for his critical political views that castigate the 35 year dictatorship.
Family sources say Nuwabine was forced to miss his final university examinations after he was abducted in mid November by police officers who declined to identify themselves or their motive at the time they executed the operation.
Niwabine who pursues a Bachelor’s degree in education at Makerere University has for the past one and a half months been in police custody without any court arraignment or formal charges pressed against him. Family sources say their beloved child is being held incommunicado. “They don’t allow us to see him. We don’t even know where he is being held at,” one of the relatives who declined to be put on record says. “He was abducted by a police private car reg. No. UAZ 642R. He has spent over a month and a half in custody and missed his exams,” she adds.
Another relative reveals that they tried to file for a habeas corpus (production warrant) but all this has failed to impart or shake his captors. “His worship Justice Musa Ssekaana ordered for his release but police declined to take heed,” an uncle to Nuwabine opens up. “We have petitioned the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola but he refused to meddle into the matter,” he adds.
It should be noted that the regime has already embarked on abductions of people with dissent views. Apparently, over 1000 supporters of NUP remain unaccounted for as they are being kept in safe houses incommunicado. Lately, even boxer Justine Juuko aka the destroyer is among the lucky few whk were released without charge. Even another boxer known as ‘Soldier man’ who was close to the murdered Isaac Ssenyange aka Coach Zebra was a couple of days back given just UGX 10,000 and released without charge despite having undergone torture in custody.