26 January 2011

Uganda: Army Admits Holding 'Lost' DP Mobiliser

The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) yesterday acknowledged arresting Ms Annet Namwanga, the Democratic Party (DP) mobiliser who went missing last Tuesday.

In a statement delivered yesterday at CMI offices in Kampala, the Army Spokesman, Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye, said Ms Namwanga was being held in connection with a botched grenade attack on a military detach in Kampala.

He said the attack was supposed to be carried out by a former member of the defunct rebel group UNRF 2--whose arrest had led to Ms Namwanga's arrest.

"She is being held in Kireka Rapid Response Unit offices, and she is okay," Lt. Col. Kulayigye said.

Ms Namwanga was on Monday morning reportedly seen in the company of another group of unidentified men, who took her to her office in Mulago Hospital.

She later apparently surrendered certain documents to the men and was led away.

According to Lt. Col. Kulayigye, the grenade attack was orchestrated by a one Mr Kiwanuka, who currently lives in the US, seeking asylum.

Lt. Col. Kulayigye said Ms Namwanga wedded Mr Kiwanuka in 2010 in Nairobi in a civil marriage and they had been communicating prior to the arrest.

He said although Ms Namwanga is a DP mobiliser, the military had no information that linked her party to her other roles.

Ms Namwanga was arrested on January 18 by the military. She was taken to an undisclosed location where she is being kept.

DP officials say they have tried to locate her in vain.

According to Ms Betty Nakiganda, her sister, neighbours to Ms Namwanga saw another group of unidentified people going to the suspect's house on Saturday.

"The neighbours think they saw Annet with those men," Ms Nakiganda told Daily Monitor yesterday. "The house was searched."

Ms Namwanga's parents in Masaka are reportedly distressed over the uncertainty that surrounds their daughter's detention. "Mummy and daddy are in so much pain over her sudden disappearance," she added.

On January 21, five of Namwanga's relatives jointly wrote to the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, seeking his help in finding her.

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