The army has rubbished claims by Kasese lawmaker Winnie Kiiza and her husband Yokasi Bihande that heavily-armed soldiers had cordoned off their country residence, saying the duo was actually posting “falsehoods.”
Bihande on Sunday evening posted on WhatsApp group that his house had been surrounded by soldiers with machine guns and RPGs.
He said he was seeing the soldiers roaming his compound.
This was immediately shared by Kiiza on Facebook, calling for prayers from relatives.
Bihande had made a similar claim on Friday night.
Defence Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said when Bihande made the first allegation to the Regional Police Commander Rwenzori East on Friday, the DPC Bwera was dispatched.
“The DPC reached Bihande’s home and did not find anything,”
UPDF’s Karemire has confirmed this morning.
“Yesterday evening when he made similar allegations, both UPDF and UPF squads reached his home in a very short time,” added Karemire.
“Surprisingly, the home was locked and his manager confirmed to the team that Yokasi Bihande left earlier for Kampala. So Mr Bihande actually posted falsehoods when he was not at his home,” he emphasised.
“This was proved by his manager Jimmy and other technical systems used by Security
which showed the exact location where he was at that time.”
Kasese remains an opposition stronghold where the military a few years ago clashed with members of an armed movement.
Kiiza said on Friday night two armed men spent the night in “my compound in Kasese, waiting for my husband to come home and they shoot him. Some friend of ours tiped us and he did not go home that Friday night.”
She further said this kind of situation has been around her Kampala residence too in the last few weeks.
“Whoever they are after, God is watching. And whoever is in charge of this scheme, it must be put on record that I and my family are Ugandan citizens who are entitled to all citizenry rights. I don’t know whether my husband will be alive by morning,” said the MP.
Brig Richard Karemire said “The security forces will nevertheless investigate the motive behind these allegations.”
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said Kiiza “ought to have reported to the police or raised the issue with relevant authorities.”