Uganda Special Forces Command [SFC] has distanced itself from allegations that soldiers from the Entebbe base took part in the arrest of Kizza Besigye.
Shadow Defence minister Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala County MP accused the elite unit commanded by Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba of “kidnapping” the opposition leader.
“The arrest was done by SFC soldiers disguised as Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] officials,” Kivumbi told reporters at parliament.
Kivumbi said while SFC is not part of the law and order agencies, they still take part in numerous arrests of politicians.
However, Maj Chris Magezi, the SFC spokesman, insists Besigye was arrested by police.
He denied the involvement of SFC soldiers and challenged Besigye to name the soldiers who arrested him so they can be investigated.
who they claim were involved in the operation if any investigation is to be conducted, insisting that Besigye was solely arrested by police
“Airport security is under police through the Counter-Terrorism Police. The SFC is not involved in civil matters,” Maj Magezi said.
Speaking to press, Besigye said the regime has turned what is a political problem into a security problem.
“We don’t have a security problem but a political one,” Besigye told journalists at his home in Kasangati.
As such, the opposition has threatened to petition the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICOA) to investigate breach of aviation security during his Monday airport arrest.
He accuses CAA of conniving with goons to kidnap him and mar his welcome party.
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, says in their complaint, CAA must reveal which security agency commanded the arrest of Besigye.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda (CAA), in a statement, dismissed the claims that its staff and vehicles were used in Besigye’s ‘kidnapping’.