Chairman LC5 of Isingiro district Jeremiah Kamulari has dismissed as “malicious,” media reports that he stole a vehicle belonging to the United Nations refugee agency – UNHCR.
Reports which came out days ago claimed the district chairman was arrested by police and questioned about the pickup truck which was found at his home in Kakoba Division Mbarara.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Kamulari confirmed that he had the car, but denied stealing it or getting arrested by police.
“Whoever is spreading the rumors is doing so out of malicious intention to damage my name,” he said.
Kamurali clarified that the car was donated by UNHCR to Isingiro Local Government, being a host community to the refugee camps in the area.
As such, he said, the vehicle is a property of the district.
Kamulari says his car broke down last month and was taken to Kampala for repairs.
Without means of transportation, he said, he sent a request to the Office of the Prime Minister to use the UNHCR car, which was granted.
“I even have a letter from the OPM dated 2nd September which reads; ‘As we await for the repair of the chairman’s car, it is recommended that he is availed with motor vehicle registration no UBB 449V which was donated by UNHCR for the REHOPE Programme.”
He added, “You can’t steal your own shirt because you own it already, so how do I steal from Isingiro district yet I am the political head of the district?”
On claims that he was questioned by the police, Kamulari said at the time the stories came out, he was in Kampala.
He also had an idea of who was behind the false reports.
“There are three gentlemen whom I have been wrestling with in politics; one of them is a king maker in Isingiro. I will not utter names I will just insinuate,” he said.
“I have now instructed my two lawyers Ngaruye-Ruhindi & Company Advocates and Kamba & Co. Advocates to start on a legal journey to ensure that three culprits who were behind this including my political enemies all be served and then the matter be fixed in court.”