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It’s Museveni’s tradition to dispatch hundreds of spies to Mbarara town as an advance team before travelling for a holiday there.
Police publicist Asuman Mugenyi and Deputy Judith Nabakooba were not readily available for comment.
But sources in security say the arrest came following a tip off by a spy planted at the Hotel at around 2am on Monday.
The mole telephoned IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura who swiftly alerted 2nd Division commander Brigadier Patrick Kankiriho over the presence of suspicious elements at the Hotel.
In a space of minutes, Kankiriho dispatched vans of heavily-armed commandoes from Mbarara to liaise with Israel-trained Police Counter Terrorism operatives in a deadly mission of capturing the terrorists.
“The offensive, supported by giant sniffer dogs was reminiscent of US SWAT operations on terrorist hideouts,” recounts a source.
“Security used the best team capable of smashing a terrorist cell in a twinkle of an eye. However, the terrorists did not resist arrest. They are now detained at Mbarara Police pending transfer to Kampala for interrogation,” the source added.
Western Region Police Commander Martin Abiru confirmed the arrest.
Museveni has for the last week been relaxing at Rwakitura.
He on Saturday attended the Mbarara High School’s 100th Anniversary, where also two men were arrested when they attempted to close in on the president.
Since the 2010 terror strikes in Kampala, Museveni has tightened his security ring with more Special Forces Group operatives and police.