INTELLIGENCE: Uganda Security Arrest 300 New Rebels

order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%; text-align: justify;”>The insurgents belong to new rebel groups Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka.

link geneva; font-size: small;”>The investigative authoritatively reveals the suspects, who were picked between December 2011 to March 10, are held at several military units across the country including Kireka barracks, Chieftaincy of military Intelligence in Mbuya, 4th Division (Gulu), 1st Division Kakiri and Mbarara.

Some of those held are Charles Okong who had arrived in Uganda from Europe to coordinate the final assault on Kampala with the view of seizing Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to announce a new government. Okong is a UPC member who resides in Canada. He was briefly detained at Kampala Central Police Station before being transferred to a military facility.

The second suspect is Paul Opobo from Buikwe. He was last week detained at Kiira Road Police station where he was interrogated on his role in the new rebel groups. Another Madi Okwora was also placed under custody at the same police station over participation in subversive activities.

Other suspects were rounded up in joint operations conducted by military intelligence, Internal Security Organisation, External Security Organisation, JATT, State House Intelligence, and Police counter terror squads.


Military officials have since kept the security swoops rebel hideouts a top secret. The arrests were facilitated by the capture of former US soldier-turned-rebel Nix Bongomin a few months ago in Pader.

Security found a cache of arms at the residence of a former rebel who was Bongomin’s contact. The army also found a large document with names of rebels hiding in Nebbi, Paidha, Arua, Mbale, Soroti, Kampala, Kasese and Masaka.

Bongomin was later transferred to Kampala for interrogations where “he fully cooperated” thus revealing all connections and plans masterminded by opposition leaders in and out of Uganda to cause regime change using guns.

One of those named was Bernard Onen, Kiwanuka and several UPC youth leaders living in Europe, Uganda and Kenya.

Other radical members of the extremist Buganda opposition-inclined Suubi group were named. Some of them included a former senior official at Mengo, a radical Muslim banker, and an Imam.

It has emerged opposition intended to use the chaos in the walk-to-work as a springboard for a fully-fledged war against Museveni’s government.

The rebels also hatched a plan to assassinate top military officers precisely Gen. Salim Saleh, Museveni, Brig. James Mugira, IGP Kale Kayihura, Col. Keinerugaba Muhoozi, First Family members, Cabinet Ministers and NRM-friendly businessmen in Kampala.

Security is also in possession of bank money transfer documents showing several opposition leaders in Uganda mobilized cash to fund, train and equip rebels in Uganda and Eastern Congo.

Military officials who talked to on Sunday night say the suspects will soon be paraded before press and courts for trial. The parading will be in phases.


The development underlines opposition’s secret agenda to remove Museveni’s government after falling short of defeating him by ballot. It all appears it’s time for the bullet.

In a recent interview, army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye confirmed the Uganda army is capable of defeating both an internal and external aggression.

The startling revelations come at a time when opposition chiefs particularly Kizza Besigye and Gen. Mugisha Muntu have openly said Museveni must go before 2012 ends.

At several rallies in Kampala, Besigye has told Ugandans that 2012 is a year of “bloodshed and liberation,” warning using guns is not new to him.

“We must liberate Uganda from Museveni before the end of this year. Ugandans must cast away fear and prepare to shed blood. When one of you is killed, others should jump the dead body and fight on,” Besigye told supporters in Kawempe.

In Namasuba, Besigye said “liberators” would visit opposition supporters’ homes to register their names ahead of a fresh battle with Museveni’s forces.

In Mukono, Nambooze said the war on Museveni would start in Kampala. “All Uganda presidents listen to the sound of the gun. They all pass here in Mukono on their way to exile. Museveni’s turn is imminent,” Nambooze told a mammoth crowd in Mukono recently.

Separately, Mugisha Muntu has encouraged Ugandans not to fear Museveni’s guns. He has as well warned Generals against intimidating the masses.

Security fears such statements are aimed at emboldening Ugandans to seek change of government using gun power.

This is not the first time Uganda is faced by rebellions. Museveni’s government has managed to defeat LRA led by Joseph Kony, West Nile Bank Front, ADF among others.


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