Museveni Disappoints MPs, Keeps Mute on Kasese

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Friday afternoon maintained his silence on Kasese crisis while meeting the Members of Parliament on Defense and Internal Affairs Committee probing the incident that claimed over 100 lives.

Museveni is among the witnesses lined up by the Committee in its terms of reference in trying to establish what exactly unfolded in the volatile Rwenzori region.

MPs led by the Committee Chairperson, recipe Judith Nabakoba who represents Mityana women, more about had scheduled to meet with the President on Thursday but it was mysteriously pushed to Friday.

According to sources who attended the meeting at State House Entebbe, purchase Museveni calmly welcomed the MPs and listened to everything from the Committee but only ended up saying nothing.

Museveni only told MPs in an unprecedented 10 seconds record time that the Attorney General advised him not to open his mouth about Kasese to anyone.

“It was a total disappointment. He (President) welcomed us and gave us all the time but at the end refused to talk to us totally,” one of the MPs who attended the meeting but asked not to be named told this reporter.

It should be noted that most of the Defense Committee sittings on the matter have been uncharacteristically closed to the media.

All the Committees of Parliament are open to media with the exception of Appointments Committee that vets presidential appointees.

“The President simply gave us a single non-negotiable reason that the Attorney General advised him not to speak out since the matter is before Court,” the same source added.

The same Committee has however already recorded accounts from even members of the Executive including the Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. JJ Odongo, Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence Director General, Brig. Charles Bakahumura among others.

When contacted on phone, the Presidential Press Secretary, Don Wanyama said he had just returned to the country and yet to be updated on what transpired during the meeting between the President and MPs.

“I’m aware there was a meeting yesterday but I am yet to be briefed. I returned from Cuba late in the evening. Let me first consult and get back to you sir,” Mr. Wanyama told this reporter on phone.

Wanyama quickly added that it is “understandable” for the President or anyone to comment on the matter since it would affect the work of the Judiciary.

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