The Chief of Defense Forces Gen. David Muhoozi has come out to address his meeting with the former leader of National Unity Platform (NUP) Moses Nkonge Kibalama, saying that the meeting was not his initiative.
“I met Mr Kibalama and I don’t see it as a big deal and it was unsolicited. I never wanted to meet him, he requested to meet me,” Gen. Muhoozi said.
The commander revealed this while appearing on the national broadcaster UBC on Wednesday night where he was invited to discuss the role of security forces in elections.
According to the Army commander, he was informed that there was something of security importance that the former leader of National Unity Platform wanted to share with him.
In the unsolicited meeting, Gen. Muhoozi said that Kibalama told him that his life was in danger and he needed protection against some individuals who wanted to harm his life.
“I asked him why he didn’t report to Police and he said that he wanted UPDF protection. I consulted with police and he went, the next time I saw him he was in court,” Muhoozi said.
“This time he had run to another sister security agency and to be precise ISO, then the whole story was over blown. But that Is what happened, I never solicited to meet him and anyway, why shouldn’t I meet him if he wants to meet me,” he posed.
Appearing in court where he was cross examined as concerns the process in which he handed over leadership of his party to the current leadership of Kyadondo East MP and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi, Kibalama confessed that his life was under threat, therefore, after the handover, he sought security from the Army commander.
Gen. Muhoozi expressed gratitude for having been provided with a platform to tell his side of the story since the meeting had attracted mixed reactions from some sections of the public.
In regards to the upcoming general elections, the CDF assured the country of stability and stated that UPDF shall be fully involved in providing back up to the law enforcement body, the Police.
He cautioned political actors especially participants and the electorate to exercise their rights but avoid breaching the laws.