By Solomon Hamala
Two Turkish Nationals residing in Iganga have expressed fear for their lives after some anonymous people reportedly sent them messages threatening to kill them.
The two Turkish Nationals; Aziz Dumaan and Emry Ozugodru while speaking to the media through an interpreter at Mum Resort Hotel on 16th August said they have on several occasions received messages threatening their lives from people they suspect to be top government officials.
Duman who is also the Country Director Humanitarian Brother Hood, a local non-governmental organization that deals in offering charity to orphans and needy people said he believes the same top government officials they declined to disclose have always sent officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs threatening to deport them to Turkey in case they don’t give up with their work of offering support to the needy people.
“These very top government officials were the ones who used to receive charity support from the Turkish people but there was little impact to show that people had received the aid until we came in,” he said.
He has petitioned President Yoweri Museveni to intervene and provide them with security so that they can execute their duties effectively without fear.
“We always move back home very early for fear of being shot at any time by these people sending us messages,” he said.
The manager Humanitarian brother hood, Saad Mukama said he had earlier received a telephone call from the State minister for Lands, Persis Namuganza urging him to stop the slaughter of 1500 cows meant for Idd Aduha celebrations.
Mukama said that although they went ahead and ordered for the slaughter of the animals and distributed the meat to the needy people throughout the entire Busoga region, he believes some people want to take away their lives.
He claims to have worked for another humanitarian organization before joining the Humanitarian brotherhood a move that could have annoyed his former employers.
“They have also threatened to kill me for the bold move I took to join the new organization because it’s rivaling them,” he said.
However the Regional Police Commander East Busoga, Anatoli Katungwesi confirmed receiving reports about threatening the lives of the two Turkish nationals and their employee Mukama.
Katungwesi said investigations were underway to establish the people responsible for sending the life threatening messages to the Turkish nationals and their employee.
The Regional Khadi Busoga, Sheikh Hussein Bowa said Iganga district had two weeks back missed a 2 billion charity from Turkey that involved medical doctors after some anonymous people sent intimidating messages to the doctors who were to pay a three month visit to the area.
Bowa said a Turkish interpreter who was also coordinating the visit also fled after he also received messages threatening him and his family.
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