Police Raids Home Of Mafabi's Political Assistant

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Woniale says that when he allowed the cops in, they searched the entire house and dug up a particular house in the corner where they suspected that he was hiding a gun but found nothing.

More than 30 police officers have raided the home of the political assistant to Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the leader of the opposition in parliament in search of illegal fire arms. The group led by Jacob Opolot, the the Eastern Regional Police Commander stormed Patick Woniale’s home in in Budaboso village in Buwalasi Sub County in Sironko district at around 3:00am in wee hours of Saturday morning. Woniale says that the team including operatives from the Kampala CID headquarters told him that he was involved in armed criminal activities. He says that the cops who were armed with a search warrant, asked to search his house saying that they had received information that he was in possession of several guns.

Woniale says that when he allowed the cops in, they searched the entire house and dug up a particular house in the corner where they suspected that he was hiding a gun but found nothing. He says the officers later gave him a search certificate, which he also counter signed showing that no gun was found in his house. Woniale says that the officers summoned him to report to the office of the District Internal Security Officer - DISO in Sironko on Thursday next week for questioning. Attempts to get a comment from Jacob Opolot, the Eastern Regional Police Commander were futile as he told URN that he was reportedly held up in a meeting.

Diana Nandawula, the Regional Police Spokesperson has confirmed the search. She says that they received information that Woniale was hiding several guns in his house leading to the search to establish the truth. Nandaula says that despite the fact that no gun was found in the house, they have summoned Woniale for interrogation at the DISO’s office. Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports linking Woniale to a rebel group allegedly being recruited by Nandala Mafabi. A senior Police Officer who declined to be named because he is not allowed to talk to the press told Uganda Radio Network that police is trying to establish allegation that Nandala is involed in rebel recruitment.

Womaniale rubbished the allegations saying that they are aimed at intimidating him and people close to the opposition leader – Nandala Mafabi. He challenged the police to substantiate the allegations or risk being dragged to court for tarnishing his name and reputation. Nandala brushed off the allegations of rebel recruitment saying that they are aimed at silencing him.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.