Besigye Calls Crisis Meet Over Rebels


store geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>An impeccable source says the meeting, treatment which will determine whether to issue a press statement or not over the Uganda rebel saga, will be held at the IPC headquarters along Katonga Road in Nakasero, Kampala.

The meeting, which is expected to kick off at 9:00am, will be attended by all opposition leaders including Col. Kizza Besigye, Ken Lukyamuzi, Asuman Busalirwa, Maj John Kazzora, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Alice Alaso among others.

Header advertisement on Monday exclusively named some of the UPC leaders who had been arrested over the new rebel groups formed to remove NRM government from power.

Shortly after this investigative website broke the news, opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) confirmed some of its members had been arrested by security agencies in a crackdown on suspected rebels in Uganda.

In a press statement issued Monday evening, UPC Youth Leader Patrick Aroma said:

“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.”

Some of the arrested rebel suspects 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.

We are reliably informed that arrests are still ongoing and those suspected to be involved in subversive activities will soon face treason charges at the Kampala high Court.

The crackdown has sent ripples down the spine of top opposition leaders who fear they could be arrested and sent to Luzira over rebel activities.

The opposition intends to distance themselves from the saga which could see dozens of their leaders land in jail.

“We want to analyse the gravity of situation to determine whether we should issue a press statement over these rebel activities or not. We think government is planning to frame our leaders in subversive activities,” a source at IPC confirmed.

This is possible considering that documents obtained by security shows top officials in the extremist Suubi Group and Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) have been actively engaging in plans of war against government.

In fact by 6am today, security was planning to arrest a former top Mengo official for planning the insurgency.

Another opposition chief on the arrest list is a retired army officer in FDC.

The rebel saga is likely to deepen the rift between the ruling government and opposition groups.

Besigye was in 2006 accused of mobilising rebels under People’s Redemption Army (PRA). He denied the allegations.


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