KAMPALA – Police have arrested a man for allegedly telling lies after claiming to have been nailed in the mouth for composing a song praising President Yoweri Museveni.
Isaac Katoogo, alias Ambassador Wa Yesu, a resident of Kiteeso cell in Namakwekwe ward in Northern division, claimed that three masked men intercepted him on Monday evening around Nkoma, a Mbale town suburb and drove nails through his cheek.
Mr John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police spokesperson, on Wednesday, said Katoogo’s case has been handed over to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence after it was discovered that he was telling lies.
The Mbale Resident District Commissioner, Mr Sulaimani Barassa Ogajjo, said that the victim fabricated the incident in order to attract Mr Museveni’s attention.
“I believe it was a fake deal. He wanted to get money from the government after claiming he was attacked,” Mr Barassa said. He added that a police surgeon examined the victim and found a minor scar on his cheek.
Mr Muhamood Masaba, the Mbale District NRM Party Chairperson told journalists in the Mbale Resident District Commissioner’s office Wednesday that the NRM secretariat in Mbale doesn’t know Katoogo.
“After verification, we have confirmed that he is not our supporter. Therefore, in our district, we do not have any supporter or leader of NRM party, who was beaten,” Mr Masaba said.
Recently, a man who claimed to be an NRM supporter was reportedly attacked in Bwaise, Kampala by two men who drove two 6-inch nails in his hands for allegedly supporting the party.
Some party supporters led by Ms Justine Lumumba, the party secretary-general visited him at Mulago Hospital and promised to transfer him to another health centre because some people were about to kidnap him from the national referral hospital.