20 February 2016

Uganda: I Am Not Under Arrest - Gen Katumba

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President Museveni and his wife, Janet Museveni on the campaign trail.

Chief of Defence Forces, General Edward Katumba Wamala has refuted reports that he has been arrested.

Information circulating on social media states the army chief has been placed under house arrest in Makindye police prison for allegedly ordering the Electoral Commission (EC) to announce different presidential results in favor of opposition candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

However, the General says the information is not true and should be disregarded. He further adds that the rumors are geared towards creating divisions in the army at this time of elections and put the peace of the country in jeopardy.

"We have known all along that there were plans to distabilise this country using elections as the spark. Some people had said they will not accept. We knew there were plans to make the country difficult to govern through riots and violence that's why we have come out as UPDF to buttress with police to ensure security," Gen Wamala said.

The information comes at the time when the army has increased its presence on the streets of Kampala just before the Electoral Commission announces the result of the February 18th Presidential elections.

He says the information is causing what he called unnecessary panic among the civilian and military population.

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