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Security Probe ADF, Army Deserters Role in Rwenzori Attacks

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Rwenzori region police spokesperson, Mr Bashir Bakali Muga told journalists on Tuesday the Rwenzori attacks seemed to have been well planned and coordinated with a central command.


For example army sleeping bags, warmers, belts, water bottles and first aid kits, fuel and sharpened pangas were recovered in the impounded car on Monday, raising fears the masterminds intend to carry out more attacks in the area.


“At first we thought we were dealing with a tribal militia but what we are seeing now is extraordinary determination and bravery by some extremists to wage more attacks on civilians. These operations are well funded and coordinated by powerful people in the region,” said a military source based in Bundibugyo.


“Imagine we have deployed hundreds of soldiers and Special Units of police commandos in the area but some people have the audacity to transport arms to different locations. We have a deadlier enemy that we anticipated.”


The men who were found with the weapons are being interrogated by police and military detectives.


Kanyamwirima UPDF detach is now acting a centre of operations against militants in the region, according to sources.


President Museveni on Tuesday partly blamed “intelligence failure” for the Rwenzori unrest.


“Fortunately, today Uganda has got a capable State that is able to deal decisively and expeditiously with such schemes although, of course, there was a failure of intelligence,” said Museveni.


“How did these people weave such a scheme without being pre-empted? What were the GISOs doing?” he wondered.


Museveni also noted the attackers’ main strategy was overrun a military barracks.


“However, their main effort, which was to enter the camp of 39BN was decisively defeated. In their limited thinking, they thought it was a light matter to attack UPDF,” the president rebuked the assailants.


He also seemed to suggest the attacks were inspired by radical elements linked to Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu.


“They seem to insist that the Omusinga, apart from the Omukama of Tooro in his area, should be the only cultural leader in the Rwenzori region. Yet, there are other ethnic groups in the Rwenzori region: Bamba, Basongora, Banyabindi, etc,” said Museveni.


“On account of those chauvinistic ideas being banded around for so long, it seems some groups hatched this criminal scheme that has caused the death of so many people.”


Apart from killing 51 of the attackers, said the President, security forces captured 65 others.


“We shall get to the truth and will punish those involved. In the meantime, the country should not get anxious about this scheme. It was defeated right on the first day of its execution even before the full potential of the UPDF has been mobilized. This scheme is doomed to total failure. It is amazing how wrong ideas coalesce into wrong actions. Nantabulirwa ya sabaala na bwa bbumba. Whatever a man sows, that is what he will reap.”

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