Police in KMP North, continue to investigate circumstances under which 32 male victims aged between 14-28, were allegedly unlawfully confined in the home of Sheikh Kamoga Yunus, and secretly undergoing teachings in the Islamic Sharia Law.
All the 32 victims were profiled as arrangements of re-uniting them with their parents and guardians continues.
Investigations into the matter commenced after one Sarah Nabbosa received a call from her son Mukiibi Barrack, a S.2 student at St Lawrence London College, requesting her, to plead with his father Twaha Mukiibi to withdraw him from the alleged Sharia Law school and take him back to school. The mother, a 35 year old, businesswoman of Kitinda zone, Ssabagabo Makindye, traced the home, of Sheikh Kamoga in Tula zone, Kawempe 1, but found when her son had been removed by the father. The administrators refused to avail her more information, and chased her away. Her son had been taken away by his father Twaha Mukiibi, who picked him on the 29.05.2023, for school but instead took him for the secretive Sharia law teachings. Efforts to recover him are still ongoing.
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The motive of the secret training restricted to male youth and adults inside an enclosed facility, locked with 6 padlocks is yet to be established. The victims were being fed on a single meal. Our officers who responded were initially blocked from entering the premises, till much later on, after consultations. We are now working with the Ministry of Education and Sports to establish whether the facility is licensed to operate as a school or not. We do reiterate that despite the negative propaganda by the Administrators, no bullets were discharged during the operation. The home was located following a tip-off by the concerned parents, whose children were forcefully enrolled into the programme. It is also true that in the recent past, some spaces in homes and schools, were being abused, used as tools of recruitment and radicalisation into acts of extremism. It is therefore important that all religious teachings and training are done in a very open and transparent manner.
Arrangements are now in place to record a statement from Sheikh Kamoga, his school administrators and all the parents to the victims, to help establish the motive behind the secret training.
“As the Joint Security Agencies, we continue to monitor all spaces in homes, places of worship, which act as domains for recruitment and collection of teenagers and young adults, who are radicalised and conscripted into the ADF ranks,” a statement from police reads.