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MP Tinkasiimire''s wife goes missing

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th September 2014 11:59 AM

The Police is investigating the alleged disappearance of Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire’s wife, Lynn Mbabazi.

MP Tinkasiimire''s wife goes missing

The Police is investigating the alleged disappearance of Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire’s wife, Lynn Mbabazi.


By Vision Reporter

The Police is investigating the alleged disappearance of Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire’s wife, Lynn Mbabazi. 

Mbabazi’s brother, Bruce Mucunguzi, told New Vision on Wednesday that her family had reported the case at Katwe Police Station.

“We last saw her on Friday morning. She left home and went to work, but did not return. All her close friends and colleagues do not know where she is, which is worrying us,” Mucunguzi said.

Mbabazi, an employee of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, formerly worked at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). 
 
Tinkasiimire and Mbabazi married in a traditional ceremony in December 2012, barely months after the death of his first wife, Agnes Ageno. 
 
According to Mucunguzi, the couple developed misunderstandings shortly after the marriage, forcing Mbabazi to move into her parents’ home in Makindye, a Kampala suburb. Mucunguzi yesterday revealed that before she left for work, Mbabazi complained to her father about threats and harassment by her husband.
 
“We thought these threats would pass. On Friday morning, Mbabazi told her father about it, and now she cannot be traced,” Mbabazi’s mother, also Bugangaizi East MP, Mabel Bakeine, told New Vision yesterday.
 
Attempts to get Tinkasiimire’s comment over the matter were futile as his known cell phone number was unreachable.
 
However, in response to one of several tweets seeking Tinkasiimire’s response, the legislator appeared unaware of Mbabazi’s disappearance, stating: “What is going on? I am in a retreat at Emmaus Centre.”
 
Umar Luyimbazi, one of the tweeps, then tweeted asking Tinkasiimire to “tell your guys to release Lynn, her family is worried and don’t dare harm her”.
 
The legislator tweeted back: “We are in a lunch break. I came here on Monday, having left my constituency on Sunday night. Lynn has spent eight months away from home.” 
 
The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, confirmed that the Police was investigating the case. He added that Mbabazi had earlier reported a case of threatened violence against Tinkasiimire at Katwe Police Station. 
 
By last evening, the Police were yet to engage Tinkasiimire, although Onyango said they were preparing summons, “which we will deliver to him through the Speaker of Parliament”. 
 
He disclosed that the Police were investigating a mysterious car that was reportedly parked near Mbabazi’s home on the night of September 13, raising suspicion from neighbours.
 
Onyango said the Police had obtained details about the owner of the car from Uganda Revenue Authority and that its owner was being tracked through phone print-outs. 
 
Mbabazi’s friends launched a campaign on Twitter to search for Mbabazi under the hashtag #FindLynn, which generated multiple retweets.


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