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Fear as YMCA student goes missing for full year

Mohammed Ssewagudde, a YMCA University student who has lost for more than a year now. (PHOTO/File)

WAKISO – It is now over a year since Mohammed Ssewagudde went missing following a brawl in his hostel at YMCA University at Buwambo main Campus in Wakiso District.

Segawa Richard, a close friend who offered him shelter at his residence in Matuuga after the incident said that efforts to trace Ssewagudde have since proved futile.

“I last saw him at a party with his Muzungu friend in the night club in Kawempe. He disappeared and efforts done were futile,” said Mr Segawa.

“When I told him that it was time for us to go home since it had clocked midnight, he replayed; am not young! I will come later in the morning. since that day I have never see him again,” Segawa explained. He says he tried to contact him the next day but his phones were off. He has since last year been trying to trace him in vein.

Mr Segawa adds that “I attempted to open a case of missing person at Matugga police post but when I told the officer that Ssewagudde was one time suspected of being gay he angrily demanded to know whether I was one of those people promoting this despicable vice and if I wasn’t, why was I following this matter.”

“I got scared and ran away,” a seemingly terrified Segawa narrated. He revealed that Ssewagudde’s tenure at the university was cancelled and suspended him indefinitely yet he was about to secure a big job as an assistant lecturer since he was among the best students in his Electrical Engineering course being considered to be retained.

Mr Segawa said Ssewagudde had resorted to staying longer in bars after he was indefinitely suspended from the University.

“He could also not return to his home village in bule after receiving scornful and threatening calls and messages from his family and friends accusing him of having put their known strong Muslim and Kiganda cultural heritage into disrepute,” Segawa said.

It is said students at his hostel got enraged and suspected him of being a member of LGBI after noticing him with his Muzungu friend on several occasions.

Also, his braveness of standing the traditional curse of being disowned by his family, loosing his Educational carrier when he was remaining with about four months to complete his Diploma course in Electrical engineering made some students believe that the allegations were true and vowed to deal with him if he ever crosses their path.

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