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Cancer institute staff missing amid nationwide security concerns

Mr. Ezra Anecho, a staff with Uganda Cancer Institute is missing. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA — The Uganda Cancer Institute has said it is “extremely concerned” as one of the senior staff went missing.

Mr. Ezra Anecho (27), a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer did not reach home on Wednesday September 11 after leaving work at about 7:00pm to get home.

He was driving a Toyota Wish, registration number UBD 451E.

“We announce the disappearance of our staff Ezra Anecho, a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Any one with leads to him please contact the numbers below or the nearest police station,” reads a statement by UCI.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyisigire said the family has opened up a case at Mulago police station under SD ref 14/12/09/2019.

According to a statement, PML Daily has exclusively obtained, Mr.  Ezra a resident of Kyebando Shoba left work to pick his girlfriend from MUBS in Nakawa however he never reached.

Police confirmed that his known phones are off and his MV reg. UBD 451E Toyota Wish still missing.

Mr. Oweyisigire said investigation are on to find out his whereabouts.

An unprecedented wave of murders and kidnappings is robbing Ugandans of easy sleep and prompting many to ask whether President Yoweri Museveni and his government is capable of keeping them safe.
Despite several arrests, including that of former police chief Kale Kayihura and 10 police officers, questions continue to swirl over who or what is behind the spate of murders.

Internal affairs minister however dismissed public concern over murder and kidnapping.

In an angry write-up, Mr Museveni few days ago rebuked the police officers on duty, for sleeping on the job during another incident when Ms. Nagirinya was kidnapped — directing for dismissal from the service — of all those who were on duty on the day and failed to thwart the kidnap.

The president said “the criminals are helping expose the weaknesses of/and their allies in the Police force”.

Giving an example of Nagirinya kidnap incident, Mr. Museveni said that when she was kidnapped, the relatives immediately informed the Police of Kibumbiro Police post at Nateete.

He said the officer there should have informed all the Police units and patrol cars and the camera centres about the type of car that had been hi-jacked.

The cameras he said then would track that vehicle and those criminals would have been arrested or killed before they abandoned the car at Nateete, after dumping the bodies of the victims in Mukono.

“What is this? criminal negligence or collusion? Whatever it was, we are slowly moving forward.”

On account of the cameras and other technical means, Mr. Museveni says that “we are now able to know who did not do his work.”

He says the Policemen in the camera centres are ever asleep and only waking up to retrieve pictures from the memory of the cameras.

“Rubbish. You are not only supposed to retrieve pictures that happened some hours ago. You are supposed to watch live and tell the patrol vehicles to act promptly,” he said adding that he has issued a directive to have all those involved to be arrested, tried in court, sentenced, punished and dismissed from the Police.
“Moreover, they should never work in any government department ever, again.”

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