As mourners, including President Museveni, gathered at Kibuli mosque to pray for the late Supreme Mufti Zubair Kayongo on Friday, tension was high among security operatives.
This was most evident when Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga’s convoy arrived, with his military aide being slapped, and then disarmed by the Special Forces Command soldiers.
After the Katikkiro was waved through, the SFC soldiers, led by a captain, ordered Mayiga’s aide to hand over his gun. But the sergeant refused, saying his status allowed him to enter with his gun. When persuasion failed, the SFC men drew their guns at the aide.
It was at that point that Brig Nalweyiso intervened. Nalweyiso humbly requested the two parties not to cause any scuffle. She asked the aide to respect the SFC security detail. Unimpressed, the aide asked Nalweyiso what her role was at the checkpoint.
In response, Nalwayiso slapped him, forcing the security personnel to handcuff and disarm him.
“If you are ill-trained, you are in a wrong place. We can detain and recall you from the post of being Katikkiro’s ADC,” an SFC brigadier was heard saying as his subordinates whisked the aide away.
However, Brig Nalweyiso on Saturday denied slapping the aide, telling The Observer: “Because I was overseeing the checkpoint I came in and intervened to resolve the standoff… After my intervention, the aide was released and one minister from Mengo called Mazzi apologized for the incident.”
Next to get into trouble was a driver for the minister of state for Tourism Agnes Akiror who wanted to force his vehicle into the katikkiro’s convoy. He was arrested after failing to produce documents related to the gun he surrendered. The minister was later asked to walk to the mosque.
Drama continued to unfold when former minister Sydah Bbumba arrived and his bodyguard refused to hand over his gun. He was disarmed and briefly arrested.
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Earlier, the president had sent Shs 50m to cater for the transportation of Kayongo’s remains from Tanzania where he died on Thursday.
When time came for Museveni to give his condolence fee of Shs 25m to the widows, he failed to decide which of the widows to hand the envelope to, among the three who were in front of him at Kibuli. To avoid controversy, Museveni just placed the package in front of the trio, saying: “This is my condolence contribution to the widows”.
Source : The Observer