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Katumba on plot to show UPDF dragging Kabaka on streets

UPDF soldiers trying to keep guard of the Kabaka

UPDF soldiers trying to keep guard of the Kabaka

Chief of Defense Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, says there was a plot by some criminal elements to show an alleged photo of UPDF soldiers dragging Buganda King, Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi, on the streets of Kampala.

Katumba made the remarks while appearing on NBS TV last evening.

He was also responding to social media rumours that he had been arrested and detained at Makindye Military police barracks.

The report circulating on social media claims Katumba was arrested for demanding that the Electoral Commission releases “the correct results to avert a possible unrest”.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, told Insider last evening, the report was all lies.

Katumba too said the report was not true asking Ugandans to treat it as “crap” and give it the contempt it deserves.

He said many people across the country called him on phone to confirm whether he was safe.

Katumba said the intention of the report was to create divisions within the army and possibly spark off anarchy.

“There has been a lot of efforts to cause anxiety in the populace. There have been machinations from some of those people who are bent to cause chaos in this country,” he said.

Katumba then explained that there was a plan to photoshop or manipulate using a computer a picture where soldiers would purportedly drag the Kabaka on the streets.

“The photographs were printing after which they would be thrown into the public.”

“You can imagine what that would cause…”

Katumba says the army presence on the streets of Kampala is to offer peace and security.

“We know and we have known all along that there are plans to destabilise this country using the elections as the spark. Some people have said that they will not accept the results and we know that behind that there were plans to make this country difficult to govern.”

He said such would be done through acts like riots but UPDF knew all that.

“As I speak now, I know that some people bought tickets and actually left the country, people feared that immediately after the elections there is going to be violence.”

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