Members of the 10th Parliament were Tuesday shocked to learn about the arrest of the tortured army officer, online Lt. John Junior Mwale immediately after petitioning MPs at Parliament.
Lt. Mwale had gone to Parliament seeking help from members for medical care and finances to take care of his family.
After approaching some members, Mwale was received by Nakaseke South MP, Paulson Kasana Lutamaguzi who promised to help him with Shs 570, 000 to cater for his medication and Shs 300, 000 to help with family needs.
However after addressing the press, it is rumored Mwale was accosted by two army officials who led him outside Parliament and later put him in the army vehicle that was waiting outside Parliament.
“When I was just coming out of the house, I found a police officer here claiming that they had received several reports from State House and other security agencies questioning why we allowed a soldier to come to Parliament and give us a report,” Lutamaguzi told Chimpreports.
“I told her that as an MP, I don’t only represent my constituency but all Ugandans; I wanted to distance myself from him but looking at how he was suffering in pain, I had to listen to him,” Lutamaguzi said.
“The man told me that there were people trailing him who threatened to kill him in case he gives out such information to us the members and the public.”
Lutamaguzi added that the Leader of Opposition and other MPs saw some soldiers in the house trying to stalk Mwale.
“The moment he went out of Parliament, there was a ready Military Police Pickup and some soldiers like six in number who grabbed and put him on the pickup driving him away.”
The MP claims that Mwale sent him a message on his way that he was kidnapped but didn’t know where he was being taken and whether he would be safe.
The Leader of Opposition (LOP), Winnie Kiiza expressed dismay with the act of arresting someone who had sought refuge from Parliament.
“Our Parliament is no longer safe for those who seek refuge, how can somebody who had come to share his suffering with us be arrested and taken to an unknown place, this act should be condemned by everybody.”
However, the army spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire when contacted yesterday, first dismissed the claims by Lt Mwaale’s torture and also reaffirmed that he was never grabbed from parliament.
Karemire described the soldier as ‘indiscplined’ and a drunkard who was arrested in 2015 and charged for insubordination.
He also reassured last evening that the officer was safe at his home.