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Kabuleta kidnapped for 'calling Museveni a thief, liar'

The vehicle that witnesses say was used to drive away Kabuleta

The vehicle that witnesses say was used to drive away Kabuleta

Joseph Kabuleta, a journalist-turned preacher who of late has authored several stinging criticisms against the government and the first family, has been arrested mafia-style from Lugogo as he prepared for his weekly Watchman Fellowship held at UMA Upper Gardens.

Witnesses say Kabuleta was enjoying tea with friends at Drew & Jacs Patisserie in Lugogo when plain clothed security agents picked him at around 5pm and bundled him into a waiting Toyota Wish, reg no. UBB 459D.

Police has in a statement confirmed having Kabuleta in their custody. According to police, Kabuleta severally referred to President Yoweri Museveni as a gambler, thief and liar in his Facebook postings. 

In recent months, Kabuleta has written biting weekly dossiers on social media criticising government’s failure to tackle sectarianism, corruption and nepotism, among others. He has also particularly attacked the privileged first family for their alleged detachment from the rest of suffering Ugandans. 

The situation at UMA Upper Gardens is tense as his followers remain confused about his whereabouts. There has been an increase in state kidnaps of regime critics - with the state first denying before the suspects get charged with offensive communication. 

Kabuleta becomes the latest victim to be dramatically arrested and charged after music promoter Andrew Mukasa also commonly known as Bajjo and Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.

The duo is still battling offensive communication and computer misuse charges after allegedly attacking the person of the president through their social media postings. Nyanzi was arrested in November 2018 and has been on remand since while Bajjo, who, was kidnapped in similar style to that of Kabuleta, was only granted bail this week following his arrest last month. 

Kabuleta's arrest comes just a few days after he published on Facebook on July 8 a stinging long article titled; MAFIA EMPIRE AND THE TRANSITION. In the article he stated how the "Muhoozi Project" is back on. The "Muhoozi Project" was first mentioned by now regime critic Gen David Sejusa as a deliberate effort by President Yoweri Museveni to propel first son to the presidency first by recruiting him into the army and now as presidential advisor. In his post, Kabuleeta said, "The big question for Ugandans is: How and when are they planning to make this transition? The First Son is already being sent on foreign missions on behalf of his father and is meeting ambassadors and dignitaries, and tweeting about it."

"Maybe the Godfather is planning to go into semi-retirement after rigging the 2021 elections and take on an advisory role as his son runs the Family Business called Uganda Limited. Or maybe, just maybe, the transition happens within NRM and the country adopts a Parliamentary System in which the party with the most elected legislators takes the presidency."

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