Thursday, December 15, 2022. Ms. Lorna Naula,21,a student at Kyambogo University has a story to tell after she was detained at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI in Mbuya for allegedly contacting Uganda Peoples Defence Force-UPDF Chief of Defense Forces-CDF,Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi’s daughter in an attempt to seek help for a relative in jail.
A source who spoke to Daily Monitor publication on condition of anonymity said Ms Naula was on Monday morning, December 12,2022 picked up by plain-clothes CMI operatives accompanied by a police officer from Banda Police Station as she made her way to her hostel after a lecture, though she was later released yesterday.
“They called her claiming they had a parcel to deliver. They had actually called her the previous day, but she had declined to respond. She informed her family she had been taken for questioning and she would be back by the end of the day, but her phone was switched off until this morning [yesterday],” the source said.
The source revealed that Naula was picked up for contacting her former schoolmate and daughter of the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbadi.
It is reported that she had sought to contact the CDF to help her brother Jonathan Muhumuza,who had been working with the military secure bail. Muhumuza reportedly worked with the military on contract and was arrested in September for alleged unlawful possession of military stores.
Sources say Gen Mbadi was displeased with the contact and ordered CMI to track and question her on the assumption the caller was a wrong element trying to kidnap his daughter.
“She made a statement on Monday, but the reason they delayed to release her was that he (Gen Mbadi) wanted to see her physically, but he is a busy man, so he failed to get time. They said he will see her when he gets time,” the source said.
“They (CMI) apologised for keeping her that long,’’ the source added. Attempts to speak to Gen Mbadi on his known mobile contact were futile, while the CMI boss, Maj Gen James Birungi, said he would consult with his team and revert back to us. He did not give more feedback by press time yesterday.
The government has recently cracked the whip on unlawful possession of military stores, with multiple persons detained and charged. Additional reporting by Daily Monitor Uganda.