National Economic Empowerment Dialogue-NEED Party had earlier failed to trace where their party president Joseph Kabuleta was being held over 12 hours after he was arrested by plain-clothed security operatives. Then unknown security operatives grabbed Kabuleta from his party offices in Bugolobi, Kampala at around 1:00 PM Monday.
Former presidential candidate and opposition National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) party president, Joseph Kabuleta has been arrested by plain-clothed men.
The men arrived in the infamous dark ‘drone’ vehicle and grabbed Kabuleta from his party offices in Bugolobi, Kampala at around 1:00 pm Monday. NEED spokesperson, Moses Matovu said the operatives entered the gate and grabbed Kabuleta from his office while others stayed in the drone.
“They told us he was being taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate, CID. We followed him at CID but shockingly we were informed that they don’t have him. So currently we don’t know where exactly he is being held,” Matovu said.
Video footage from the CCTV camera at Kabuleta’s office shows about six plain-clothed men entering the office building. Four of the men approached Kabuleta who was chatting away with two other men and exchanging pleasantries.
They asked him to escort them while one filmed what was happening using his mobile phone. One of the men could be seen picking Kabuleta’s mobile phone before they led him away. The arrest comes shortly after Kabuleta addressed a press conference where he spoke about the recent attacks on security installations and theft of guns in the country.
Today 28th November 2022 at 1255hrs, Joseph Kabuleta was arrested after failing to honor Police summons issued to him to report to Kampala Metropolitan Police Headquarters on 3rd November 2022 at 1000hrs for interview and statement recording on charges of Promoting Sectarianism.
This follows a Police general inquiry that began on the 14th June 2022, by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to verify allegations that Joseph Kabuleta and others still at large, made utterances which were likely to create alienation or despondency, raise discontent or disaffection and promote feelings of ill will or hostility among members of the public.
It is alleged that on 30th May 2022 in Kampala District, Joseph Kabuleta and others held a press conference under their Political Party, National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), where they alleged that social service delivery in Mbarara is based on ethnic lines of the Tutsi, Bahima, Bakiga and Banyakore. Kabuleta and others shall be charged with Promoting Sectarianism C/S 41(1) of the PCA CAP 120.
The UPF appeals to the general public to desist from making statements that may cause discontent, incite violence and instigate hostility among the affected communities.
ACP Nabakka S. Claire