The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) has come out to comment on the ongoing saga that implicated them in the illegal detention of for National Unity Platform (NUP) President Moses Nkonge Kibalama.
Kibalama revealed today in court that he has been under military detention for two weeks having been summoned by the Chief of Defense Forces Gen. David Muhoozi.
He said that while in detention, he was quizzed by Gen. Muhoozi interrogated him about changes in the party leadership which saw Robert Kyagulanyi take over as the new president.
But while speaking to local website ChimpReports, UPDF Deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deno Akiiki said Kibalama was never summoned by the force.
He further revealed that the meeting between Gen Muhoozi and Kibalama happened long time back before Kibalama’s detention.
“I think it’s almost coming to a month, that meeting happened long before he even left his residence,” Akiiki told ChimpReports.
On whether UPDF summoned Kibalama, Akiiki said that NUP’s people reached out to the CDF asking for a meeting which he agreed to.
“There was somebody whose names I am not at liberty to reveal who called the CDF’s office saying he wanted to meet someone from security. When the CDF was told, he said it was fine,” ChimpReports quotes Akiiki as having said.
“That person told the CDF that Mr. Kibalama wanted to talk to him about security issues. So Kibalama and his entourage met with the CDF. The meeting was attended by staff members of the CDF but most importantly it was in Mr. Kibalama’s own request and not the CDF’s.”