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Gunshots Spark Fears Of Rebel Group At Ugandan Border

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Col. Mwesigye has since been under fire since he was the managing Director of National Enterprises Corporation (NEC) which is the army’s commercial arm be held for failure to due diligence, resulting into dealings with Kamar Rajesh Rawal who turned to be a middleman and a fraudster.


PAC further recommended that Col. Mwesigye must be held liable for introducing Kumar Rajesh Rawal to the President with a view of securing a transfer of the mining lease from NEC to DCL.


Speaking to Chimpreports on Wednesday, Mwesigye accused PAC of “dragging my name in the mud.”


“The main reason why am going to court, is that I want to clear my name that was tarnished in only a few weeks yet I have built it for some good time. This PAC you see here is very biased.”


Mwesigye distanced himself from any involvement in the Dura Cement Compensation process, saying he had never been party to any organ that decided the compensation for Dura Cement.


Mwesigye was the managing director of the National Enterprise Corporation, when Dura Cement limited acquired a mining lease in Kamwenge district from the corporation which was later cancelled.


Dura Cement limited protested the cancellation of their lease citing loss of business and was compensated 45 billion shillings by government under unclear circumstances.


The NRA bush war hero denies ever introducing Kumar to the president saying that he could have interacted with government at Hima Cement where he worked for three years.

He says that by recognizing that the ministry of defense, ministry of Energy and ministry of tourism also took part in the negotiations and approved the viability of the project, PAC shouldn’t hold him accountable as an individual. Mwesigye told parliament on Wednesday afternoon that NEC’s involvement in the project was later suspended and it was directed that all mining concession rights be given to the department of minerals.


Despite his pleas, MPs insist that Mwesigye is answerable for transferring the mining lease without tendering and at no fee.

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Security sources say a one Mercy Nabasa, a game ranger under number AX 2969 from the 11th Battalion under 307 Brigade was shot in the thigh by an indentified gunman on Tuesday night.


Nabasa was rushed to Bwindi Hospital in a critical condition.


A few hours later, gunmen raided the same camp, before shooting dead the facility’s accountant Angella Komusheshe, 32.


She succumbed to over bleeding as she was being rushed to Bwindi Hospital.


Komusheshe’s body was by Wednesday being treated at Kihihi Health centre.


Knowledgeable sources tell Chimpreports that military intelligence operatives are investigating whether the attacks point to a planned invasion of the country through Kanungu by the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).


“It could either be a case of robbery or some wrong elements in DRC trying to destabilize Uganda. Rebels don’t need to do a lot. They thrive on sowing seeds of fear, panic and insecurity which we shall not accept,” a source said.


UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson, Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma, was not readily available for comment but was quoted by the media as denying a rebel attack.


Kanungu is the home district of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. A heavily fortified military barracks is also stationed in the area.

The attacks come against the backdrop of President Yoweri Museveni’s threats that UPDF was ready to crush any aggression by ADF rebels operating from Congo.


ADF, a Ugandan-led Islamist rebel group based around the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu, last year increased the number of its combatants from 800 to 1,300. This was in a space of 6 months, according to intelligence.


Of these fighters, 800 are believed to be highly trained and well-equipped under military commander Hood Lukwago.

The elusive Jamil Mukulu remains the supreme leader.


Ugandan authorities and ex-combatants confirmed the presence of Mukulu alongside ADF for several months early in 2012 though he is now suspected to be hiding in Tanzania.


Intelligence shows ADF trained groups of young people in its camps for several months before sending them to Somalia to fight.


The first of these groups departed the camps in November 2011 after the arrest in Nairobi of the son of Mukulu identified as Bikumbi Hassan Mukulu.


Al-Shabaab agents Mustapha Kamau and Jacob Musyoka posted his bail in November 2011.


Those individuals were confirmed to be members of Al-Shabaab and supported Mukulu and his family when in Nairobi.


Uganda authorities have in the past asked DRC to crack down on ADF elements in Kivu.


In a military operation codenamed “Operation Rwenzori” in 2011, DRC forces were beaten by the rebels, who eventually seized considerable caches of heavy equipment from the attackers.


Chimpreports recently quoted security agents linking the rise of murder cases in the country to ADF insurgents.


Sources say ADF has strong support networks in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


Following their arrest on 30 November 2011, Congolese officials repatriated ADF political cadres Hood Sempebwa and Habib Kiwanuka to the United Kingdom. The two play an important role in coordinating Diaspora support networks.


ADF also operates financial support cells at the port of Tanga in the United Republic of Tanzania and in Bujumbura, Kigali and Nairobi.


Couriers transport financial resources generated by those cells to ADF by crossing through the Kasindi border post from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


In fact early this week, a boda boda rider was shot dead in Kasindi, sparking a riot among his colleagues. Congolese security personnel killed three in the riot. The killer remains at large.


REVENUE

ADF also generates local revenue through several business arrangements in Beni territory.


The rebels profit from taxation on illegal timber production west of Erengeti and several gold mines near Bialose village along the Lesse River.


ADF last year stepped up its attacks on civilians accused of not respecting business arrangements or providing intelligence to the Congolese authorities.


The extensive recruitment networks of ADF persist throughout Burundi, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. The movement continues to use the Ugandan border town of Bwera as a transit centre for its recruits, intelligence shows.


ADF recruits include children, as exemplified by the case of a rebel recruiter who was captured by Ugandan authorities in Kasese with six young boys on his way to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July 2012.


ADF is increasingly targeting recruits from East Africa. In April 2012, senior ADF leaders gave their Congolese combatants a chance to freely depart the movement.


From 1 January to 30 September 2012, MONUSCO repatriated only nine former ADF members.


It is said ADF recently obtained anti-aircraft weapons.


They described the arrival of such weapons in July 2012, requiring six ADF collaborators to transport them from near Oicha westwards towards ADF camps.


A Ugandan armed forces battalion based on Mount Rwenzori regularly enters Congolese territory to conduct reconnaissance operations on ADF positions in Beni territory.


In the mid 1990s, the ADF attacked several districts in western Uganda, killing innocent civilians before they were repulsed by then army chief James Kazini and Brigadier Geoffrey Muheesi.


Other ADF remnants that fled to Congo were smashed in clandestine military operations coordinated by then CMI boss Brig James Mugira.


Some of the rebels who attempted to carry out a string of bomb attacks in Kampala were put out of action by former ISO Director Brig Henry Tumukunde.


HURTING TOURISM


Security sources say by attacking a wildlife centre, the gunmen could be hell bent on hurting the tourism sector.


While passing out 184 Tourism Police Officers who completed a one month course in tourism security at Police Training School, Kabalye, Masindi, IGP Kale Kayihura reiterated the importance of “developing the Tourism Police to counter the threat of terrorists who might target them when they are here.”


The trainees covered several topics, including physical fitness training, security procedures and concepts, weapon training, hostage rescue procedures, bomb awareness, operational planning, tourism laws, hospitality and customer care.


The officers were to be deployed in tourist centers, hotels, tourist attraction sites, and National Parks to protect tourists.

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