Police summons LoP Kiiza for defaming Kiyonga

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Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Winnie Kiiza

Police has issued summons to the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Winnie Kiiza, for allegedly defaming the former minister of Defence, Chrispus Kiyonga.

The summons dated May 9, 2017 were issued by AIGP Grace Akullo directing Hon Kiiza to appear at the Kibuli CID headquarters for questioning.

Akullo wants Kiiza to help the CID department on allegations that she made statements defaming Kiyonga at a press conference on April 4, 2016.

“…defamatory statements were allegedly uttered against hon Chrispus Kiyonga and that then minister of defence was fuelling tensions between security forces and Rwenzururu kingdom.”

“You are therefore in pursuant to the provision of section 27A of the Police Act required to report to Commissioner of Police in charge of Homicide Department at CID headquarters Kibuli on Thursday 18th may 2017 at 11000hrs to assist providing valuable information in the matter under investigation,” the summons read.

Police summons signed by Grace Akullo

It is not clear whether the legislator appeared for question or what will become of her in case she rejects the summons since the summons were served late.

In January this year, police have arrested Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament, Hon Robert Centenary, in connection with the violence that happened in Kasese Region in 2016.

He was taken to CID offices in Kibuli and charged with Libel and Defamation against Kiyonga.

Centenary and Kiiza strongly condemned the November 2016 attacks on the Palace of the Rwenzururu King, Wesley Mumbere, leading to the death of 100 people and the detention of the king.