The army has dispelled accusations by former president of the National Unity Platform (NUP), Nkonge Moses Kibalama, claiming that the Chief of Defense (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi quizzed him over transfer of NUP leadership.
Ministry of Defense and Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) spokesperson Brig Gen. Flavia Byekwaso said it is not true that the CDF summoned and intimidated Kibalama as alleged but it is the latter who sought for the meeting citing security reasons.
During cross-examination in court by NUP lawyers on Friday, Kibalama noted that he was summoned by the CDF and quizzed over issues related to NUP’s change of leadership.
Instead, Brig. Gen. Byekwaso said Kibalama sought meeting the CDF over matters relating to his own security.
“The correct version is that Mr. Kibalama through his emissaries requested for a meeting with the CDF….indeed the meeting took place in presence of other people” Brig. Gen Byekwaso said during an interview with NTV.
Byekwaso however stated that whereas she is not privy to what transpired during the meeting between the CDF and Kibalama, issues why Kibalama handed the party to Robert Kyagulanyi were not discussed.
She however stated that the meeting took long before Kibalama was taken into custody where he has spent over two weeks.
In his submissions, Kibalama claimed he was picked two days after meeting the CDF and taken to an undisclosed location in Mbale where he has been kept under security protection ever since.
Kibalama told the presiding judge Justice Musa Ssekana that he is being kept in custody against his will and wished court could help him regain freedom.