Maj Gen (Rtd) Kasirye Ggwanga says he has been arrested and is currently detained at Mbuya Military Barracks.
Speaking to SoftPower News from Mbuya Military Barracks, Kasirye Ggwanga said he had been summoned to the military facility for reasons he didn’t know and detained instead.
“I am currently detained at Mbuya Military Barracks for reasons I don’t know,” Ggwanga told SoftPower News.
Ggwanga says that despite being a retired military officer, he was shocked to see military police officers sent to his home recently.
“When I asked their leaders, they told me they were providing me with security. I rejected, I told them that I am able to secure myself, something they rejected and left the soldiers at my home,” he says.
“The soldiers kept moving around the village and then return. I feared they would contract coronavirus and carry it to me. So, I put them in the car and returned them, they insisted that I should at least have one of them. The person they again sent me had a relationship with one of the women in the village”
“I don’t want their guards, they are loitering around,” Ggwanga added.
According to Ggwanga, he has a son who was in the U.S. whom he brought back to Uganda recently to be his chief body guard, bought him a gun and brought it through the authorities.
“When my son reached here, he linked up with his old friends at Agha Khan school, he became a problem. He has a gun, moves with it in bars while saying he is son to Kasirye Ggwanga, I told him not to use my name. So, today I chose to go and pick the gun from him at his place in Bunamwaya,” Ggwanga told SoftPower News.
“I told him to hand over the gun to me but he refused, which prompted me to invite the military police. When they came, they told me a one Jcos wanted to talk to me at Mbuya Military Barracks. When I reached here, they stopped me from going out. I read your SoftPower News everyday and I like you for telling the truth, so you go and tell the truth that retired Kasirye Ggwanga has been arrested and he does not know for what.”
“I am asking them, I am not a soldier, I am retired, why did they send military police at my place without my knowledge, what do they want from me,” Ggwanga adds.
He says his dogs are enough for his security.
“Coronavirus disease is now in the country and so I don’t want people at my place, I don’t want to die. I have my dog here and a sword, they are enough. I have returned all their guns,” Ggwanga said.
When this news website contacted the Defence spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire for a comment, he said he would return to us shortly. He had not got back to us by the time of publication.
Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga joined National Resistance Army (NRA) headed by President Yoweri Museveni then in 1985, which captured power in January 1986. During the drive to capture Kampala, Kasirye Ggwanga commanded a 120mm artillery unit.
Between 1986 and 2005, he served in several roles including as the LC5 chairman for Mubende District and as the director of stores in the UPDF.
On 31 January 2005, he was retired from the UPDF at the rank of brigadier. However, after three months on the outside, he came back to the military and asked to be re-instated. The UPDF commander-in-chief allowed him to rejoin on a renewable contract of five years.
In March 2018, Kasirye Ggwanga was promoted from the rank of Brigadier to that of Major General, in a promotions exercise involving 1,384 men and women of the UPDF. He was also officially retired from the Uganda military, in 2018.
This is a developing story. More details will be coming shortly.