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INTELLIGENCE: Is Col. Mande Mobilising Rebels In Congo?

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unhealthy geneva;”>While in DRC, Col. Mande, who is linked to the rebel People’s Redemption Army, is said to have met a top warlord in the Eastern region and a group of militants.

Uganda’s security organs are now investigating reports that Mande is forming alliances with rebel groups in DRC with the view to topple the Kampala government.

Interestingly, this alleged trip coincided with a meeting of Great Lakes’ Heads of State in Kampala.

The leaders, who included South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Congo’s Joseph Kabila, were in Uganda to discuss a report prepared by a sub-committee of regional Defence Ministers on the formation of an international force to deal with rebels in Eastern Congo.

“From DRC, Mande flew to Nairobi using forged identification particulars. At this time, Mande contacted his wife in Stockholm, Sweden to report a case at police that her husband had gone missing – just to confuse Uganda’s security,” said a highly placed source.

However, Uganda Intelligence personnel later located Mande at a hotel in Nairobi.

A meeting was hastily arranged at the Uganda embassy in Nairobi on how to cause his arrest with the help of Kenya security.

Mande reportedly disappeared in thin air a few minutes before security operatives closed in on him.

Uganda security has on several occasions fell short of arresting rebel ADF leader Jamil Mukulu who has been residing in Nairobi Hotels.

This development could be a huge embarrassment to Congo and Kenya for indirectly allowing suspected Uganda rebels to use their territory for subversive activities.

Mande was last seen in public in June.

EXILE LIFE

In February, Mande, who was in Sweden, told our Managing Editor, Giles Muhame, in an interview , why he fled Uganda in 2001.

“I fled from witch hunt, political persecution, and injustice, physical and mental torture whose climax manifested in 1994 when I was arrested and put in Makindye barracks go-down jail despite the fact that I was a senior officer,” said Mande.

“That go-down was built to store grain and maize flour. At one time Red Cross officials visited that prison and declared it unfit to keep human beings. Under normal circumstances I should have been confined in the officers’ mess.”

Mande claimed he was placed under frivolous charges of embezzlement, treason, terrorism, and on one occasion when Noble Mayombo (then military intelligence boss) detained him in 2001 and never even told him on what offence.

“Mayombo only told me that I should not have supported Dr. Kizza Besigye against Yoweri Museveni. Mayombo stated it as if that was even worse than the capital offences I was yet to be tried for. My NRM/NRA bosses had turned me into a punching bag.”

Mande claimed he availed himself for trial but was not given a speedy, public trial as the Constitution provides.

“None of the charges against me proceeded was successfully prosecuted to conclusion. I was in jail conditions for five years, battling these cases. Remember that “justice delayed is justice denied” so I had to run away to save my life and in search of justice.”

It is not my duty to remove Museveni by or not by force. That is the duty of all Ugandans and President Museveni himself. I cannot hide my desire to see him out of power but I will only support all constitutional means necessary to effect change of administration.

During this interview, Mande denied indulging in subversive activities.

“It is not my duty to remove Museveni by or not by force. That is the duty of all Ugandans and President Museveni himself. I cannot hide my desire to see him out of power but I will only support all constitutional means necessary to effect change of administration.”

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