Uganda Rebel Saga Deepens; UPC Confirms Arrests


there geneva; font-size: small;”>In a press statement issued Monday evening, information pills UPC Youth Leader Patrick Aroma says:

“The Uganda People’s Congress would like to express its outrage at the behavior of the government of Uganda and state security agencies for harassing, intimidating and framing members of the opposition political parties especially UPC members for allegedly engaging in rebel activities.” exclusively broke the story providing some of the names of arrested rebel suspects.

They include Charles Okong who had arrived in Uganda from Canada to coordinate the final assault on Kampala with the view of seizing Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) to announce a new government.

He was briefly detained at Kampala Central Police Station before being transferred to a military facility.

The second suspect is Paul Opobo from Buikwe who was last week detained at Kiira Road Police station in Kampala and 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 from UPC and Suubi, an extremist Buganda pressure group, 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.

Arrests were made between late December 2011 to February 11.


Aroma, however, says the NRM leadership prior, during and after the 2011 general elections has been trying to link UPC to several rebellions in the Country particularly LRA.

“They failed to substantiate their claims and now have adopted mafia strategies of persecuting some UPC members whom they alleging are involved in rebel activities. The several arrest effected by NRM militarist is a big discount to democracy and economic prosperity of the Youth of these Country,” says Aroma.

The fire-spitting youth leader notes the arrests are not accidental but are a well calculated move by the NRM government operatives to implicate the opposition members in imaginary rebel groups created by the government to destroy the credibility of political organizations.

“The NRM government operatives are professional manufacturers of rebel groups and mafia gangsters as evidenced by the creation of the Force Obote Back Again (FOBA), the National Democratic Alliance, Holy Spirit Movement 11 led by Sarah Nabukonde in Mbale, Peoples Redemption Army (PRA),Uganda Freedom Front and now Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka,” says Aroma.

He further stresses the timing of the arrest and creation of the imaginary rebel groups, the Uganda National Front Army (UNFA) and Uganda People’s Federal Alliance led by Diaspora-based Lawrence Kiwanuka exposes the NRM hidden agenda to crackdown on the opposition at the time when the Commonwealth team has finished its verification of Uganda’s capacity to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference.

Aroma notes this “subversive campaign” will not deter UPC from contesting the forthcoming local council elections now that the courts of law have provided a different framework as opposed to that under the so called Movement System.

Aroma says the UPC Youth are highly committed to democratic values based on historical strategies of using peaceful means to change governments.

“Our UPC members who are in detention are being persecuted on the basis of their political affiliations since they are UPC’S in the eyes of the dictatorship they have committed treasonable crimes, the same persecution that I personally suffered in many forms in the hands of Museveni,” he concludes.

Security sources have told this investigative website that at least 300 rebel suspects are behind bars at several military installations in the country undergoing interrogation. Majority of the suspects are UPC members, according to intelligence reports.

While Aroma claims UPC has a history of using peaceful means to cause regime change, the party has in the past engaged in rebel activities.

For example shortly after being kicked out of power, Milton Obote organized rebels in Tanzania who invaded Uganda in 1972 from Tanzania.

The new development underscores government’s increasing fears that opposition could be hell bent on resorting to guns to cause regime change.


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