December 7, 2021

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Security hunts Sheikh Rwangabo, rescues radicalised kids

CP Fred Enanga, police spokesperson

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He said police teams are actively searching for Sheikh Rwangabo, who is on the run after they raided a suspected recruitment and radicalization centre, in Kasengejje village, Kasengjje parish, Wakiso town council, in Wakiso district. 

However, two of the coordinators identified as Kaija Ismael and Ssewakiryanga Muhammad were arrested. 

“We are further interrogating them, on the whereabouts of all the children, who went through their hands, since October 2021 todate.”

The 22 children, who were rescued, were brought from Wakiso, Nansana, Ntinda, Kagoma, Kawempe and Bugerere in Kayunga. 

They are currently in a shelter home, as arrangements to reintegrate and reunite them, with their parents, guardians and relatives, are taking place.

Also rescued are 3 children from Bunia, 7 from Kasese, 6 from Karugutu and 50 from Bombo. 

Notably among them is Ssemakula Shafik aka Fik Abua, a 14-year-old, male juvenile who was kidnapped from Kiboga, and smuggled into the DRC. 

“We cannot reveal the identity of the parents for security reasons.  Together with other children, they were trained in weapon handling, detonating and planting bombs among other military maneuvers.” 

He managed to escape and sneak back into the country through Kasese, where a good Samaritan got him onto a lorry up to Lukaya.  He walked on foot up to Kyamuliibwa, where a chapati seller upon hearing his ordeal, handed him over to the police.

“We want to caution parents against handing over their children, to such anti-democracy actors, who are bent on using their children as actors of violence and impunity, for their selfish gains.”

“As we conclude, we call upon every Uganda, to get involved in addressing crime and related acts of violence.  It is only when we come together, that we can prevent and deter all acts of violent extremism including terrorism.”

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