Uganda Police Force has said the statement which the Idah Nantaba recorded was fake.
Police argue that it lacked a lot of key issues that would help in investigations following the shooting of Ronald Ssebulime on March 24 by Police officers on allegations that he was trailing the Nantaba.
In the aftermath of the killing, Police invited the State Minister of Information and Communications Technology to record a statement but she refused, citing a directive by the President to stay put.
One of the reasons she fronted was that President Museveni had asked her not to move out her home.
However, according to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, without Nantaba’s police recorded a statement, investigations were not going to be effective.
This pressure meant that the Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID) Grace Akullo had to go to the minister’s house to have a statement recorded. It is alleged that Nantaba gave the police CIID boss a statement she had written beforehand.
Also, at the beginning of this month, Police confirmed that investigations into Ssebulime’s death as well as the prosecution of the officers who killed him are ongoing on.
This did not stop Nantaba, who over the weekend while addressing worshipers at Bukolooto Seventh Day Adventists Church in Kayunga Town, from blasting Police for failing to give release a report about the findings into investigations on people who have been murdered and those who had wanted to kill her.
“As Ugandans, we have more than 10,000 questions on who is choosing which Uganda to kill like chicken. I was going to be the next, but God saved me. I was shocked when a highly-placed person in security, who was trying to hatch a plan to have me assassinated, was promoted,” she said.
Nantaba also cried for speedy investigations into who instructed Corporal David Ssali to kill Ssebulime, whom she still believes had an idea about the plot to kill her.
But on Monday, Enanga accused Nantaba of ‘not allowing’ Police to record a statement from her in their professional way.
“Hon Nantaba refused to work with Police and instead recorded a statement by herself and gave it to Police. Things don’t work that way because in the letter she wrote to Police as her statement, a lot of key issues that would help in investigation of this case were left out. In simple terms, we still demand her statement recorded by our investigators,” Enanga said.
On the issue that Ssebulime was killed after Ssali received a call from ‘above’, Enanga said all the calls in Ssali’s phone were recorded and there was no any sign that Ssali received a call in the period Ssebulime died.
“According to all investigations Police conducted, Ssebulime was a mistaken identity and we don’t have any records indicating him as one who was going to kill Nantaba,” said Enanga.