Monday, 28 March 2016


IGP Kale Kayihura
Security claims rebels to use Thursday’s Supreme court ruling as launchpad  

In its new intelligence report written after an eleven-week investigation, police claims the latest attacks on police installations by armed gangs and killings in the western districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo are part of a deeper rebel plot in the wider Rwenzori East region.
According to the report titled Intelligence/Incident Highlights for Week 11 2016, compiled by the Directorate of Crime Intelligence Headquarters, Rwenzuru youths (Esyamango)/fighters are recruiting fighters in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo.
Police claims the recruits are collected and taken to the assembling centre at Bupomboli ground in Karanginzyo parish, Harugare sub-county in Bundibugyo district.
“At this centre, the recruits are briefed on the reasons of the struggle and given pre-training on how to use bows and arrows,” the report partly reads.
Police also claims that the Esyamango and ADF plan to fight the ruling NRM should the Supreme court justices rule on Thursday to uphold President Museveni’s re-election victory, which former  prime minister Amama Mbabazi challenged on March 1.
“Further information has it that the Esyamango and ADF are waiting for Hon Amama Mbabazi’s petition against the recent election of President Museveni. That in case the Supreme court rules in favour of President Museveni, they will attack military institutions to acquire arms to fight the ruling government.”
Police says the competent recruits from DR Congo enter Uganda through Busunga border and move to Bundibugyo and Kasese to spy on weaker military units where they can acquire arms.
Police says “security has been alerted about the above plans and the borderline including military installations in Rwenzori sub-region are heavily protected.”
The report also indicates that a new rebel group known as “Uganda Saving Force (USF)” has been formed.
The rebel group, according to the report, “claims to have both internal and external members.”
According to police, “the group is said to have absorbed many of the army and police deserters including other persons with military background.
It is now engaged in acquiring arms through robberies from security installations/personnel.”
In a press statement attached to the intelligence report, Fred Enanga, the police spokesman, said a number of violent attackers carried out separate attacks on police and the military in Kapchorwa last week.
“There was an attempt to attack the military barracks and in Bundibugyo both police and military officers were attacked during routine patrols and attempted to grab their guns and failed.”
He said several police and military officers were injured and six of the attackers were killed in what appeared to be an organized and premeditated action plan. Police chief Kale Kayihura has visited the Rwenzori sub-region severally to assess the security situation.
Meanwhile, Mbusa Nyamwisi, a former Congolese minister for Foreign Affairs, accused by the same intelligence report of funding the Congo-based rebel ADF and the Uganda Saving Force (USF), has strongly rejected the charge.
The police report claims that the Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere appointed Kiiza Mutengera, a Congolese national, to oversee the training of his Rwenzururu youths, while Nyamwisi funded the operation.
“I have many problems to solve in DR Congo, my own country; that is why I am in self-exile in South Africa. I have no reason to fight the Uganda government, which accommodated me in my various wars with Prof Wamba dia Wamba, Jean-Pierre Bemba and Joseph Kabila, among others,” Nyamwisi, speaking through an interpreter, said by telephone on March 22.
Nyamwisi said Uganda knows the problems in the Rwenzori sub-region and Kasese in particular and has the capacity to solve them.
“You extensively covered the part I was controlling as rebel leaders in parts of Beni and Bunia and others, you saw and witnessed my good working relationship with the UPDF. Even when they sided with my enemies, I did not antagonize them,” Nyamwisi added.
Nyamwisi once held the eastern territories before merging his army with the ICC-convicted Bemba who was controlling Gbadolite. And when the two disagreed, Nyamwisi fled to South Africa from where he joined Kabila’s government.

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