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VIDEO: Witness Recounts Police Raid on Kiwatule Mosque, Arrest of Indian Visitors

Daudi Wetaka says he was around and witnessed the raid.

Kiwatule mosque is located along Mbogo road, symptoms http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/jetpack.php approximately one and a half Kilometres from Ntinda township in Kampala District.

The mosque which is used for prayers by moslems from the areas of Kiwatule, order Najjera 1 and some parts of Ntinda was on Thursday night raided by non-uniformed Security operatives, information pills arresting over fifteen people who included Indian visitors.

Police truck parked at Kiwatule mosque as operatives continue to conduct searches inside the mosque.

Police truck parked at Kiwatule mosque as operatives continue to conduct searches inside the mosque.

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According to Dauda Wetaka, the Vice Chairperson for the mosque’s development committee, who was also around at the time of the raid, plain clothed operatives stormed the mosque with guns at around 8:45pm.

“After Insha prayers, between 8:30 and 8:45pm, I was in the mosque but I stepped out for a moment. Before I crossed the road, I looked behind only to see the whole place crowded with people holding guns but not in uniform,” he recalled.

“When these people came, they arrested everyone who was in the mosque, without saying any word, loaded them onto their car and took them.”

Wetaka says seven Indians and many Ugandans were arrested during the operation which didn’t spare the Deputy Imam, Sheikh Yunus Kabuye who led the evening prayers.

“There was another man who had just arrived at the mosque and was still removing his shoes to enter for prayers. He was also arrested from the entrance and taken along with the others from inside,” said Wetaka.

Members of the community around the mosque with leaders at the mosque after police concluded their search.

Members of the community around the mosque with leaders at the mosque after police concluded their search.

Asked about what he suspects to have been the cause of the raid, Wetaka said he was not sure and can’t conclude on any matter.

“We don’t know the cause or what they were looking for, let’s wait for them to tell us what they found after their search. Of course they are going to tell lies to justify their wrong actions,” he said.

On whether the raid was connected to the presence of Indians at the mosque, Wetaka said; “their (Indians) presence here is legal because we informed police when they arrived.”

“The Police knows them because this is not the first time they have come. They always move around, visiting different Masjids as they teach Islam and they sleep in the mosque.”

Inside the mosque were utensils which were being used by the Indian Visitors.

Inside the mosque were utensils which were being used by the Indian Visitors.

Wetaka said that among the many people who were arrested, he could only identify four, adding that the police would probably provide a list of the rest.

Fear

Sheik Farouk Nyanzi, the youth instructor at the mosque says actions of the police arresting all people found in a mosque randomly have been perceived by moslems as a fight against their faith.

“Our freedom of worship is being violated. They attacked the Masjid in Nakasero, now this one and we are not sure which other Masjid they will attack next,” he said.

Sheik Farouk Nyanzi speaking to journalists at the mosque on Friday

Sheik Farouk Nyanzi speaking to journalists at the mosque on Friday

Sheikh Nyanzi notes that the raids are mounting fear among believers stressing that the number of people turning up for prayers is going to reduce due to fear of being arrested.

“Now people are living in fear, they think they will be arrested when they come for prayers. But as Moslems, we say “Alhamdulira.” Allah brought this to us and he will take it away.”

Police Responds

ChimpReport’s efforts to get a comment from Police had turned futile as the spokesperson couldn’t pick up our calls.

However, in a tweet, Police clarified that they were conducting a search after a tip off that the mosque had evidence linking to the murder of former ADF commander, Maj. Sulaiman Kuggundu.

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