The Uhuru Institute, located at Katalima Crescent, east of Kampala, advocates for an equitable society led by a developmental state that runs on the principles of a social market economy. Its work puts the citizen at the center of an inclusive, cooperative and accountable system. The institute is actively involved in revitalization of cooperatives in Uganda.
The Uhuru Institute Chief Executive Officer Leonard Okello confirms the raid but could not divulge details at the time of the interview.
Suspicion is that the raid could be linked to a post on the institute Facebook page by a one Mary Kelly calling on Ugandans to boycott the independence celebrations on October 9 saying “it’s not yet Uhuru”. The post, refers to a fundraising event in Soroti officiated at by president Museveni which was allegedly “boycotted by the locals”.
It is unclear why the Uhuru Institute could be a target of security operatives. However the siege comes a week after a similar raid at the offices of Action Aid Uganda in Kansanga and Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies in Ntinda, where they were allegedly searching for evidence of illicit financial transactions.
According to staff members at the Non-Government organizations, police was specifically interested in computers and finance units. Search warrants, issued in Nakawa and Makindye magistrate courts allowed police to access computer accessories (electronics), mobile handsets, money transfer related documents and bank transaction documents.