Armed thugs raid CCEDU offices in Nsambya

The coordinator of CCEDU, Crispy Kaheru, said the thugs  beat up the guard and took off with his gun. File photo.

The offices of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU) in Nsambya were this morning raided by unknown armed men. The raid took place in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at about 2.30am.

According to an eye-witness, the armed men disarmed the guard on duty before carrying out their mischief.

In a tweet, Crispy Kaheru the coordinator of CCEDU, wrote. “Our @cceduganda offices in Nsambya were raided by thugs last night! They beat up the guard and took off with his gun. We are yet to assess the level of damage caused!

CCEDU is a broad coalition that brings together over 600 like-minded civil society organizations and over 8,000 individuals to advocate for electoral democracy in Uganda.
This year, many NGOs have been raided by unknown men and some of  their accounts frozen by Bank of Uganda over allegations of aiding opposition protests in the country and money laundering.
On Saturday, ActionAid Uganda, a non-governmental organisation, had its accounts unfrozen after nearly three months.

“The leadership of ActionAid Uganda is pleased to inform its partners, supporters and staff that our quest to have our bank accounts unfrozen has been achieved following constructive discussions with some agencies of government,” read a statement from ActionAid Uganda, issued Saturday evening.

The organisation, however, says it will continue with its suit before court challenging the seizure of their accounts.

“We will, however, continue to seek restitution within the law, as we are entitled, in order to meet our own obligations to members, donors, and communities we serve. As we have stated before, there was no justification for the action taken against ActionAid when the police raided our office and confiscated property on September 20, 2017 and the subsequent order to freeze our Bank Accounts on 6th of October 2017,” read the statement in part




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