- The Ugandan student, who disappeared earlier this month after losing KSh 20,000 (N71,781.78) meant for his tuition on betting, has been found
- Julius Osuta, a first-year student at Kyambogo University, was picked up by police officers from Arua Park in Kampala and handed over to his parents
- Osuta's family was unaware that he had disappeared until a classmate called the father to inquire about his son's whereabouts
Julius Osuta, a first-year student at Uganda's Kyambogo University who disappeared on April 7 after losing his tuition fees has been found and handed over to his parents.
This is the second time Osuta is appearing since his initial disappearance, as he first resurfaced on April 9 before going into hiding again.
Found and handed over to parents
Daily Monitor reports that Osuta was found at Arua Park in Kampala and handed over to his parents by the police.
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Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire told the media that Osuta had spent over KSh 20,000 (N71,781.78) on betting.
Osuta had received the money from his father with instructions that it was meant to be his tuition fees.
Allan Byamugisha Tibaringanira:
"Many of us are victims of eating school fees but we are now important to our families. He needs counselling just and this will be his testimony."
"Let him abandon the course at KYU and start carrying luggage at Arua park. Even after studying, there are no jobs."
"I am glad he is still alive. May the parents receive him calmly and speak to him well into serious academics."
"He thought he could make a profit from the tuition of other non-educational programs but he ended up in trouble. Let them forgive him."
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Family had been in the dark
According to The Independent, the student had momentarily reported at a local police station shortly after he was detained by Bet City Uganda’s management.
The betting firm arrested him after learning that he had attempted to steal from the company but released him after they decided not to pursue the case further.
Osuta's family only came to learn that he had disappeared after a classmate called the father inquiring about his son's whereabouts.
“His classmate called our father informing him that his contacts were off and since then we have not heard from him,” his sister Gloria Ekizi explained.
Osuta, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics at Kyambogo University, hails from Zombo district and lives in a rental house in Banda, a suburb on the outskirts of Kampala.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a few weeks ago, Zablon Maguta Shitanda was the lucky winner of KSh 238,778 (N863,985.66) from betting firm SportPesa.
Whereas most people would have chosen to use the funds in something like an investment, Shitanda's priorities were different.
In an interview on social media, the family man disclosed that the money was shared between dowry and a toilet.