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Tight Security at Christine Mbabazi's Residence A Year Later

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Kasule Semugenze, the LC I Chairperson of Sendawula Zone told URN that he struggled to access Mbabazi in vain. He declined to divulge further details, saying Mbabazis issues need to be addressed by someone above him.
A Police Double Cabin Taking Food to Christine Mbabazi's Home

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Government has maintained tight security at the home of Christine Mbabazi in Lungujja in Rubaga Division in Kampala, almost a year after officers were deployed. Christine Mbabazi was a friend to Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the former Police Spokesperson.

Kaweesi was assassinated together with his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau and driver, Godfrey Mambeo on March 17th, 2017. As a part of the investigations into the assassination, Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI confined Mbabazi to her home in September, 2018 as a person of interest.

Later, both Police and CMI withdrew and handed over to Internal Security Organization-ISO and Special Forces Command-SFC. The officers are under direct control of State House under the direct Command of President Yoweri Museveni. On Tuesday last week, Mbabazi through her lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi petitioned High court to order the military to vacate her home. 

The respondents to the suit are Col Kaka Bagyenda the Director General of ISO and the Attorney General. In her application, Mbabazi argues that she has been held incommunicado, denied freedom of movement, which has affected the survival of his family.

"Col Kaka claims that he is keeping me under lock and key because he alleges that I'm a potential witness in the death of AIGP Kaweesi who was killed in March 2017 or am a potential accused", reads her affidavit in part. 

A highly placed security source told URN on condition of anonymity that the officers are there because of Mbabazi's safety. "Mbabazi went and had a meeting with the President together with the Director ISO and she told 'some' things to the President. The President then resolved that Mbabazi should be given security for her protection", said the source.  

The source also dismissed claims that Mbabazi is struggling to get food. "Mbabazi gets financial support from the Statehouse budget, which she uses to cater for her personal and family needs.  I currently don't know where she puts her personal money", the source said. 

On whether Mbabazi's children access school freely, the source said no one is interrupting the children's education.  Our reporter visited Mbabazi's home to confirm her complaints and saw about six soldiers wearing SFC uniforms. While in the neighborhood, our reporter saw a certain man enter Mbabazi's residence freely and walk out with a dark skinned boy said to be a student at Kibuli.

Inside Mbabazi's home, there are two Army Green tents with digital camouflage where the officers are stationed. During lunch time, a Police Double Cabin was seen delivering food to the officers at Mbabazi's home.

The same vehicle registration number UP3228 was seen going back immediately and returning after about an hour to collect the dishes. Two of the officers were seen handing over the dishes to the police officers on waiting navy blue police double cabin. 

Our reporter tried to access the home but was turned away by the officers, saying it is restricted to journalists and high profile persons except those with authorisation with the ISO boss.

Kasule Semugenze, the LC I Chairperson of Sendawula Zone told URN that he struggled to access Mbabazi in vain. He declined to divulge further details, saying Mbabazi's issues need to be addressed by someone above him.  

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Grace Ssebuliba, a resident of the area told our reporter that he only sees Mbabazi's daughter and the maid move outside freely and has no idea on what takes place inside.

//Cue in: "Mukyala Mbabazi aba

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The Defense Secretary, retired Lt. Emmanuel Kamya, said he suspects something fishy to be happening at Mbabazi's home, saying there is no reason why local leaders can't be granted access.

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