MP Lillian Aber risks detention after a soldier who provided her with UPDF uniform arrested

Kitgum Woman MP Lillian Aber has risked detention after photo donning in UPDF uniform sparked debate on social media. However the soldier who provided her with the attire has been arrested and thrown into detention.

The photos, shared on social media, showed the legislator in military fatigues on Monday, February 5th, as she flagged off a cleaning exercise by uniformed personnel ahead of Terehe Sita celebrations in Kitgum District.

In response to the controversy, UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Gen. Felix Kulayigye announced that a soldier, whose identity was not disclosed, had been arrested for providing Aber with the uniform without authorization.

“We contacted the MP, and she has since apologized. Meanwhile, we launched investigations, and the soldier who gave her the uniform has been arrested,” Kulayigye informed journalists during an interview at Bugweri district headquarters in Busesa, where he was attending the UPDF 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary celebrations.

This is in relation to previous arrests by the army of several members of the National Unity Platform Party, who were picked up for wearing berets said to be similar to those used by the army. The army has dismissed calls of selectively applying the law and insisted that those seen wearing the uniform face arrest and subsequent prosecution.

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