Police have come out to dismiss reports that city businessman Freeman Kiyimba had been arrested.
Rumors had started spreading on social media Monday afternoon that the tycoon was picked up by the Police CID Officers from his home.
The rumors followed pictures which emerged on social media showing a number of police vehicles at Kiyimba’s home.
They businessman was one of 27 people that survived the Saturday boat accident on Lake Victoria.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman Luke Owoyesigire told us the police officers were at Kiyimba’s home to question him about the incident.
The police mouthpiece said Kiyimba and the rest of the survivors of the boat accident were being visited by police officers.
“Officially, it is just a fact finding operation; we are not arresting anyone,” he said.
“This has been happening since yesterday. We are moving to the homes of the survivors to get facts about the incident.”
Police revealed yesterday that it initially put out wrong numbers of the people that had been saved from the water, because some of the survivors refused to speak to police officers on record at Mutima Beach.
The number of survivors was later revised from 40 to only 26.
Owoyesigire said the ongoing visit to the homes of the survivors is intended to get the right facts of the incident.
“Some ran away, others didn’t want to talk to us, but we still want to talk to them.”
The questioning of the survivors according to the police spokesman is still voluntary, and that those that still don’t want to speak out will not be forced.
“We are going to their homes to speak them at their own convenience. No one, not even Kiyimba has been arrested,” he said.