Uganda Police Force spokesperson, Senior Commissioner of Police-SCP Fred Enanga has clarified why Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI and Crime Intelligence security officers raided the home of the head of Jumiat Dawatil Tabligh Al-Salafiya-Nakasero, Sheikh Yunus Kamoga in Tula, Kawempe division, Kampala on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
The raid and arrest of some of Kamoga’s family members have now raised concern from the Muslims and other community members, though Enganga says the raid followed alarms raised by certain members of the public over “unlawful confinement” of some people at the home, including a mother to one Barrack Mukiibi who is a student at St. Lawrence London College.
“During our investigations, we managed to end up in the home of Sheikh Yunus Kamoga in Kawempe. We continue to investigate the alleged unlawful confinement of youths and adults who were 32 in number found at Sheikh Kamoga’s home where they were secretly teaching them the Islamic sharia law,” Enanga said.
Mukiibi asked his mother to withdraw him from the training at Kawempe back to school, which raised suspicion of the mother who in return reported the matter to police.
“The mother all along had not known that the father of her son, a one Twaha Mukiibi had instead of taking the child to St. Lawrence had taken him to this teaching centre which is unregistered and doesn’t have licence to operate,” Enanga says.
“The motive of the secret training restricted to male youths and adults inside an enclosed facility we found locked with six padlocks remains unknown. The place was restricted from neighbours and the male victims were being fed on a single meal in a day,” he added.
He said police will record statements from the 32 victims found at the centre, Sheikh Kamoga, the administrators of the facility and all parents to the victims to help in establishing the motive behind the facility. He dismissed reports that they are targeting Muslims with such raids.
Sheikh Kamoga has now said, whereas the raid happened while he was away, security should have refrained from portraying him as a lawbreaker in raiding the home. He condemned the brutal raid, and vowed to continue operating.
“I have often said, and now, I repeat that we are law-abiding citizens. We have no power and we cannot defy when security wants us. We have been brutalized, but we have remained law-abiding citizens and we shall not change,” Kamoga said.
POLITICIANS REACT: The National Unity Platform-NUP party leader Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine says – the violent persecution of our Muslim brothers and sisters under the Museveni regime continues! This is how security operatives raided the home of Amir Ummah Sheikh Yunus Kamoga. They brutalized his people and stole some items like they always do. As usual, the criminal regime is yet again claiming that the young men were being trained in ‘extremism’ even when Sheikh Kamoga insists they were undergoing rehabilitation and Qur’an training. If they are accused of committing any offence, why not arrest them and present them before court, instead of beating them up and subjecting them to all manner of torture? I send heartfelt sympathies to Sheikh Kamoga and the entire Muslim fraternity, and assure them of our solidarity in ensuring that one day, they will live in this country as full citizens, without any fear.
In September 2020, the court of appeal quashed the conviction of Yunus Kamoga and other six Muslim leaders, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 over terrorism.