The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has refuted allegations of their top Officer being critically mentally ill and secretly bedridden.
This followed yesterday’s story published by this very website after learning from a close relative that Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu had run mad and is being secretly held at his private residence in Bombo as doctors attend him.
“He begun with severe headache, later he nausea and started shouting and singing alone in Office. When the situation became tense, his wife informed his seniors who with immediate effect assigned a special medical team to work on him before his mental health could get out of hand,” a family member said.
However, after UPDF learning about this, the Force’s Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire went on his Twitter handle and dismissed allegations.
“We wish to dismiss the rumour circulated by “The Capital Times” regarding the health of Lt Gen Peter Elwelu the UPDF CLF. There is absolutely no iota of truth in the mentioned article. The contents should therefore be ignored and not cause any anxiety.”
We wish to dismiss the rumour circulated by "The Capital Times"regarding the health of Lt Gen Peter Elwelu the UPDF CLF.There is absolutely no iota of truth in the mentioned article.The contents should therefore be ignored and not cause any anxiety.
— Brig RichardKaremire (@UPDFspokespersn) March 2, 2020
However, in his statement, the Spokesperson didn’t clearly tell the public whether the no nonsense Lt. Gen. is Ill or fine which has left many suspicious of the General’s health status.
Gen. Elwelu became popular in 2016 November 27-28 when he led the army attack on the Rwenzururu king’s palace in the aftermath of the killings. He said he did not regret anything, referring to some of the people who had died in the exchange, particularly the Rwenzururu royal guards, as “terrorists.”
In March, Human Rights Watch issued a critical report that blamed government security forces’ for the massive killings.
“The assault on the palace in Kasese, which killed more people than any single event since the height of the war in Northern Uganda over a decade ago, should not be swept under the carpet,” said Maria Burnett, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement that accompanied the release of the report.
“People in Kasese are still looking for their family members, including children, and they deserve answers and justice for these gruesome killings.”
But later, Government of Uganda through spokesperson Ofwono Opondo dismissed the report.
Last year, Lt Gen. Peter Elwelu built a worship centre at his home in Anyara sub-county, Kalaki district. The complex, which he named ‘House of the Almighty Father in Heaven Elohim’, is attached to his family house. It was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni .
Ever since the attack of Charles Wesley Mumbere’s palace attack, People of Kasese and other surrounding areas wish, Gen. Elwelu nothing good.