31 August 2011

Uganda: No Rebel Recruitment in Masaka- Security

SECURITY agencies have refuted reports that some people are luring others into rebellion outside the country as reported by Makindye Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Hussein Lukyamuzi Kyeyune.

Kyeyune cautioned Masaka residents during the Iddi prayers yesterday against people he said are recruiting Ugandans to take part in rebel activities. He said that those recruiting rebels are hiding under the pretext of taking Ugandans abroad to get jobs and instead the targets find themselves trapped in some jungles outside Uganda and cannot leave.

"They claim to be registering you to go abroad for kyeyo when actually they are recruiting you to take part in rebel activities," Lukyamuzi said. "Those people are using this chance of the high commodity prices to convince others that the situation in Uganda is becoming impossible for them to manage," he added.

Lukyamuzi was addressing thousands of Masaka Muslims who turned up for Iddi prayers at Masaka main mosque. He said that the rebel recruiters also demand for sh200, 000 purportedly for getting an express passport.

"When you hear of an express passport, you'll think that those people are genuinely taking you abroad for kyeyo and when they again ask you to pay for a bus ticket to transport you to Congo, Kenya or any other country where their company headquarters are, you will gain more confidence in them," Lukyamuzi explained.

He said that instead of going to the purported company headquarters, they lead their targets to forests where they would be trained for rebel activities.

"At that point you'll have not option but to follow their instructions and if you try to reject their orders, they will shoot you down," he added.

Army Spokesperson, Felix Kulaigye, however, yesterday said he has not heard about that but added that the RDC can tell where he got the information from.

The Police Spokesperson, Vincent Sekatte also denied knowledge of the said recruitments but promised to check out the information. After checking with the Masaka District Police Commander, Sekatte said that the only thing reported there was political rivalry in Bukoto East Constituency.

He said that the DPC and the RDC there travelled there and talked to people who had complained of insecurity. He said that it emerged that there was political rivalry.

During the Iddi celebrations the deputy supreme mufti sheik Abdul Hakiim Sekimpi who led the prayers commended government for forming up organs protecting the environment but wondered why those organs treated some individuals in a special way.

"If those organs are to be considered credible, they should block everyone from encroaching on the environment," Sekimpi said.

He warned that if forests and swamps continue to be destroyed at the current trend, Uganda may become a desert yet Ugandans are too weak to leave in desert areas.

The chairperson of Uganda Muslims Supreme Council Masaka sheik Ismail Musisi called upon Muslims to contribute towards the construction of a building from which funds to manage Muslims affairs would be collected.

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