The minister of defence in charge of General Duties, Col Charles Okello Engola is on spot for allegedly claiming that soldiers who brutalised Ugandans on Kampala streets were Nigerians.
“The person/people who were holding sticks were from some country in West African, they’re not from Uganda, you can’t tell me that it was the UPDF,” Col. Charles Okello Egola told the Defence Committee when asked about UPDF brutality.
The soldiers were seen caning civilians when MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine returned from the USA.
Parliament was forced to summon line Security Ministers together with the Commander of the Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi and commander of land forces, Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu over allegations of torture on civilians by the UPDF officers.
When they appeared on Wednesday, Engola said the army would not tolerate the hooliganism being generated by some politicians and their followers.
When MPs asked why UPDF brutalised journalists and civilians during the return of Bobi Wine, the minister said the pictures and videos that had been circulating in the media, were of an army in some country in West Africa.
He did not specify the country but the MPs insisted they had enough evidence and videos showing Ugandan army carrying sticks and brutalising Ugandans.
Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire quickly rectified the situation:
“We clarify that Hon. Charles Engola never denied misconduct of some soldiers towards journalists. He reported that investigations are on-going. He clarified on fake news in respect to an earlier accident in Nansana. The photo displayed was of a soldier in West Africa and not UPDF,” said Brig Karemire.
A Nigerian media house “Eyalama” quoted Nigeria’s chief of defence forces of the National federal army of Nigeria Maj. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin saying the Ugandan minister was lying.