KAMPALA – State House has dissociated itself from a letter, circulating on various social media platforms, ordering the immediate arrest of noticeable entrepreneurs over alleged financing of a rebel cluster.
The letter, which President Yoweri Museveni is purported to have issued on November 28, 2022, directed the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – CMI to apprehend at least two Rtd army officers, in addition to eight businessmen – operating from different parts of the country for their alleged financing of rebel outfit –Uganda Coalition Forces of Change.
The lists the funders as Haj Steven Njubi of World Fisheries; Haj Mustafa Kisitu of Rwenzori Limited; Ibrahim Kitabalwa of City Tyres; Jabeeri Nsubuga of Mayuge Sugar; Sserwadda Kalooli of Lwadda Pharmacy; and Karim Hirji of Imperial Hotels. Others are Richard Kasozi of Ziiru Island; Rtd Maj Nyansio of Safe Boda; Patrick Ssembajjo – BBS and Rtd Maj David Mugambe.
But Farouq Kirunda – the deputy Press Secretary to President Museveni appealed to the public to disregard the letter, describing it as fake.
“The general public is highly urged to disregard a communication circulating on social media allegedly authored by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda instructing the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – CMI to arrest prominent businessmen for sponsoring terrorism activities under a rebel group named the Uganda Coalition Forces of Change. The letter is dated November 28, 2022 and referenced PO/25,” noted Kirunda, in a December 11, 2022 statement, adding that the letter carries misleading information and it does not originate from the State House.
The authors of the alleged fake letter seem to have targeted the prevailing situation where attacks on the police stations by unknown people have become rampant.
Towards the end of last week, unknown thugs disguising as cattle thieves attacked Kyabadaza Police Station, leaving two civilians dead – as assaults on different security installations heightened.