Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the former president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) has asked court to help him to regain his freedom.
Appearing before Justice Musa Ssekaana of the High Court’s civil division to testify in a case where some party members are contesting their party’s change of name from National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURDP) to NUP, Kibalama said that for the past two weeks, the state has been keeping him in Mbale, eastern Uganda, under heavy military guard.
“I was removed from the public, for now, like two weeks and taken to Mbale, now, I hear that my house is cordoned off,” a seemingly tense Kibalama told court.
“I am not free where I am, I hope that after here, things may change for the better,” he added as he answered questions from lawyer, Medard Lubega Sseggona.
“It is in the public domain that some of my colleagues and friends have honestly been looking for me and couldn’t find me until some [security] organ said that “we are having him,” Kibalama said.
On September 18, army spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre that whereas it’s true that other security agencies are holding Kibalama for his own safety, the UPDF is not involved.
In court, Kibalama said that he is in the hands of the UPDF and singled out the Chief of Defense Forces
(CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi among the security chiefs that met him and questioned him about Presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi’s takeover of the NUP leadership.
He said that he was travelling from Kayunga district when he received a call from Gen. Muhoozi inviting for a meeting. Muhoozi reportedly told him that he was being monitored.
Kibalama also contradicted statements he made in a video that circulated online in which he claimed that Kyagulanyi had promised him $5 million (Shs 18.2 billion).