Thugs break into CCEDU offices

Thugs break into CCEDU offices
CCEDU offices that were broke into. Courtesy Photo

Unidentified thugs raided the offices of Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) in Nsambya today morning, Tuesday at about 2.25am.

According to CCEDU coordinator Crispin Kaheru, the thugs took off with the guard’s gun.

“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,” reads a post on Kaheru’s Facebook page.

Launched in 2009, CCEDU describes itself as a global coalition of about 800 organisations advocating for electoral democracy around the world.

Police has not yet commented on the raid. The raid on the CCEDU offices is similar to several others that have occurred targeting offices of non-governmental organisation over the past few years.

A matrix organised by the by National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRDU), shows that at least 24 premises of Non-governmental organisations and civil societies have been broken into since 2012.

Some of the NGOs and civil societies than have fallen victim to raids by thugs in the recent past include among others the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-Uganda) and Reach the Youth Uganda.

Others are Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA), Action Aid International Uganda, Environmental Alert, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU) and Uganda Road Sector Support Initiative.