Rubaga Division South MP, John Ken Lukyamuzi, on Wednesday tasked Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, to explain the presence of Ugandan soldiers in the crisis-torn Burundi.
During the Prime Ministers’ question time dubbed #AskThePM, Lukyamuzi demanded a clarification as to whether Ugandan troops are deployed in Burundi and why government would do so without consent of Parliament.
“I sought to know why government deployed soldiers in Burundi without permission of parliament,” Lukyamuzi inquired.
“Are our forces deployed in Burundi, yes or no?”
Rugunda in response vehemently denied the deployment asking for more information.
“There are no Ugandan troops deployed in Burundi,” Rugunda stated asking MPs with any contrary information to present it.
“I don’t have any information about troop deployment in Burundi.”
He added: “If anyone has such information I request him to share so we can discuss the matter.”
The incident comes at a time Burundi is battling rebels in the northern part of the country and near the Rwandan border.
Also this week as President Yoweri Museveni headed to Burundi for mediation talks, UPDF soldiers accompanied by a battle tank and two war planes were spotted in Bujumbura.
However, according to the development, the soldiers were to provide Museveni’s security but were not deployed for armed combat or occupation.
Army spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, as usual denied the presence of UPDF in Bujumbura saying: “Ugandan troops in Burundi? Ignore that as a bad lie”.
“I am I Bor right now, here we have UPDF troops but not in Burundi,” Ankunda said while visiting Ugandan troops in the warring South Sudan.
It should be remembered that when Uganda deployed troops to South Sudan on December 15, 2013, Ankunda denied the deployment until close to February 2014 when Parliament pressured the defence ministry to acknowledge it.