State House Cited in Disappearance of Ex-Masaka Mayor

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State House has been implicated in the disappearance of John Tebyasa Matovu, the former Mayor Masaka municipality from his home. Matovu was picked up from his home on Agrippa House on August 3rd 2016 by men donning military uniform accompanied by Maxwell Ogwal, the former Masaka Regional Police Commander.

Matovu’s whereabouts have remained unknown since then. Uganda Radio Network has seen an August 1, 2016 letter by Flora Kiconco, the Principal Private Secretary to the President authorizing Matovu’s removal from his home. Kiconco’s letter was in response to a petition by Matovu’s son Joseph Waswa Matovu and his mother Beatrice Babirye to President, Yoweri Museveni to intervene and take him for medical attention.

In the letter, Kiconco instructed Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Joe Walusimbi, RPC Maxwell Ogwal and DPC John Mwaule to provide security for his transfer for treatment. In 2010, Matovu was taken to Butabika Hospital where he was declared of unsound mind and therefore unfit to run for any political office.

Several months after Matovu was removed from his home, he hasn’t returned. Now, about 100 residents have joined Matovu’s family led by his wife Adrona Nyindombi to petition president, Yoweri Museveni to produce him. The group has already handed over its petition to the Legal Affairs Director in the Office of the president demanding to know Matovu’s whereabouts.

Adrona Nyindombi, Matovu’s wife says she wants Museveni and State House to disclose the whereabouts of her husband and release him to return home. Nyindombi says she is worried that her husband could have been harmed since he was taken to unknown location. According to Nyindombi, when Matovu was taken away, his son Joseph Waswa started selling off his property without the consent of the family.
She accuses Waswa of selling off their family property in Kalisizo in Rakai district and Lungujja in Kampala. Nyindombi also claims Waswa has contracted brokers to sell off Matovu’s official residence along Hobert Street.

Joseph Ssenzoga, the Defense Secretary Town Yard in Soweto and a Personal friend to Matovu, says the former mayor was peaceful when he was removed from his home. According to Ssengoza, they often met with Matovu for a chat at his home, adding that as local leaders they are concerned on his whereabouts.

Ssengoza says they are planning to stage a demonstration unless Matovu is returned to his home by close of this week.

Flora Kiconco, the Principal Private Secretary to the President who authorized Matovu’s removal from his home, declined to comment on the matter when reached by our reporter. Joseph Wasswa only told URN that they are keeping Matovu at their home in Lungujja and declined to speak further on the matter.

In 2009, Wasswa and his estranged mother Beatrice Babirye raided Matovu’s home demanding for a share of the family property. Matovu was rescued by police led by Andrew Sorowen, the former Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander.

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