KIBALAMA DRAGS MUHOOZI INTO BOBI WINE NUP SAGA, SPEAKS TONGUES ON PARTY SALE
By Mulengera Reporter
Former National Unity Platform (NUP) President Moses Kibalama has today told the High Court in Kampala that Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi summoned him to his office and interrogated him regarding Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine and how the Kyadondo East MP acquired the party for which he intends to carry the flag in the 2021 presidential election against President Yoweri Museveni.
Appearing before Court for cross examination after he signed two conflicting affidavits on the same day regarding the legality of the change of the party’s name and the transfer of its leadership to Bobi Wine, Kibalama accused security agencies of detaining him for two weeks in Mbale. Had it not been for a person who smuggled a newspaper into his detention room, he further told court, he would never have learnt about the summons issued to him to come and explain why he had sworn two conflicting affidavits.
He also revealed that on a Sunday, during his two-week detention, he was summoned by Gen Muhoozi who grilled him on his connections with Bobi Wine, and the transfer of NUP party to the man from Magere, among other issues. However, he denied ever meeting President Yoweri Museveni and Internal Securty Organization (ISO) head Col Kaka Bagyenda as alleged by Bobi Wine’s NUP and People Power supporters and lawyers.
Kibalama further told the temple of justice that after being out of his Buwambo home, whose security had also been taken over by officers from the police and other agencies, for two weeks, he longs to return to his family. He made it clear he didn’t seek the state’s protection, contrary to claims by security agencies who said he had been threatened by members of NUP after he removed Kyagulanyi from the party’s leadership.
Regarding the sale of NUP to Bobi Wine for $5m, Kibalama swore that he was not aware of any arrangement agreed on during the party’s transfer and name change in which the idea of selling the political organization came up. He insisted that he well knows that political parties are not for sale. So, what did he and Ssimbwa hope to achieve? Kibalama told Bobi’s lawyers that they had been sidelined by the new party administration, and denied juicy positions in the party that has now won itself a place in the country’s opposition against the Museveni regime. Kibalama also accused Advocate Anthony Wameli and other lawyers of misleading him into signing documents that effected the transfer of the party to Bobi Wine and his People Power team. Without even reading through the documents, the former police officer just appended his signature onto papers as asked by the lawyers.
NUP lawyer and Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona asked court to order the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute Kibalama for lying after he maintained his stance on giving the Justice Simon Byabakama Electoral Commission (EC) false information to effect the party’s transfer and name change.
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