Woman Searching for Husband who went missing after being Tortured for supporting Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine’s) NUP

It is almost a year ever since Cyrus Sabavuma Mukasa went missing. He was a reknowned National Unity Platform (NUP) staunch mobilizer in Kyebando, Nansana Municipality, in Wakiso District.
During the Kampala riots in November 2020, Sabavuma, 43 a resident of Nansana Gganda in Wakiso district, was among the many unlucky supporters of NUP Presidential Candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, who were kidnapped and allegedly tortured for being affiliated to the country’s main opposition political party.
According to his wife Lydia Nambajjwe Sabavuma, before his disappearance, Sabavuma was first kidnapped on 18th, November, 2020 by plain clothed security personnel who took him to a safe house in an unknown location, where he was tortured for supporting NUP.
“My husband was severely tortured for not supporting President Yoweri Museveni. As family we approached Human Rights Lawyer Mayanja Twahir to whom we narrated our ordeal. He intervened; he did everything to ensure that Mr. Sabavuma is located,” Mrs. Sabavuma recalls.
“Almost a week later, my husband was dumped along Hoima Road near Lubigi swamp, 3 kilometres frm our home, where boda boda riders ran to his rescue. They took him to Saidina Abubakar Hospital for medical attention because he was badly tortured. He told me that while being tortured, the perpetrators were always telling him to denounce Bobi Wine, a request he turned down.”
Days after being discharged from the medical facility, Mrs. Sabavuma says some people still trailed him and he lived in fear.
“I think that the reason why he disappeared because he had told me that he will go into hiding before he gets into more trouble. We have looked for him everywhere but our efforts have since proved futile,” Mrs. Sabavuma told our reporter.
The Family has since logged in a Police Case at Old Kampala Police Station.
“They also reached an extent of trailing me, and making threatening calls asking me about my husband’s whereabouts but me too I was green about the whole issue.”
“I call upon all responsible authorities like security agencies to release my husband incase if they have him in custody because supporting an opposition party is not a crime. Every one has a right to support anyone they feel like,” she teary requested.
Mr. Sabavuma is not the first Ugandan to be kidnapped over his political affiliation. Many Opposition supporters and Politicians who where arrested during the 2020-2021 general elections are up to date still languishing in jail and safe houses for not supporting the current government.
The Opposition National Unity Platform Party in Parliament has tabled several reports and requests arguing Government to produce it’s members in civil Courts, but all in vain.
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