Uganda Facing Fresh Rebellion? Gunmen Attack Another Police Station
A deadly attack by heavily-armed gunmen on a police station in Nakifuma, hardly a fortnight after assailants raided Kasese police station and killed a cop, have sparked fears of a possible rebellion in the country.
The Deputy Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima has confirmed that gunmen on Friday night launched a massive assault on Nakifuma Police Station where they fatally wounded two cops before taking off with their guns and “lots of ammunition.”
The police station is located on the main highway from Kampala, through Gayaza, Kalagi and on to Kayunga.
On the same night, said Kayima, a man was found in his house in Masindi and shot dead by unknown assassins.
“These two incidents are disturbing. They have put security on tenterhooks. But we will investigate and arrest the culprits,” Kayima told Chimpreports.com on Saturday morning
This is the second time in less than two weeks that armed men are raiding a police station.
On July 27 at approximately 6:00am, a group of 15 suspected Rwenzururu tribal agitators attacked Kasese Police Station with one automatic rifle and an assortment of spears, machetes, knives and shields.
They killed an officer on duty and injured others before stealing two assault rifles.
Kayihura later rushed to Kasese with a group of investigators who arrested a prime suspect identified as Joachim Mutetu, 30, a resident of Buhunga Village, Maliba Sub County, Kasese district.
Six other suspects were also picked.
While police maintains the Kasese station was raided by “cultural gangsters,” insiders say they fear the role of rebels.
This is because Mutetu was found in possession of a gun after being arrested from Acholi Quarters in Kasese on Tuesday. That aside, the attackers, looted lots of ammunition and guns from the raided police station.
Sources in police now say the sporadic attacks on isolated police stations are aimed at mobilizing weapons to replenish the rebels’ stock with the view of carrying out more raids on civilians’ homes and security units.
They are also hell bent on creating a reign a reign of terror in the region, said a source, to perpetuate fear and uncertainty with the ultimate aim of undermining security in the country.
On April 3, gunmen shot at William Musisi Lubega in Kyebando, a Kampala suburb. The gunmen were riding a motorcycle.
According to the Annual Crime Traffic and Road Safety Report of 2011, at least 10 people are killed every day in Uganda.
The report further indicates out of 1,987 cases investigated by police, 3,753 people were killed in 2011 compared to 1,761 cases in 2010, where 3,160 people died.
The nature of killings has reinforced fears that a new rebel group or Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) could be very active in the country, to portray Uganda as very insecure.
While appearing before Parliament, IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura said investigations had linked the murder of Muslim businessman Abu Baker Kiweewa Mohammad at his Prime Supermarket in Kyanja and Sheikh Abdu Karim Sentamu in the city centre to ADF.
“These attacks were carried out by ADF’s Jamil Mukulu. He is the one. Our investigations point to that direction,” said Kayihura.
Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye, President Yoweri Museveni and 2nd Division commander Brig. Patrick Kankiriho have on separate occasions confirmed that ADF is seriously carrying out drills in the eastern part of Congo to attack Uganda.
In the mid 19990s, the same group carried out bomb attacks in Kampala before killing hundreds in western Uganda.
Meanwhile, in a bid to reign in on the growing number of assassins in the region, police has formed a special team of commandos under the name FLY SQUAD to deal with the situation.
“As part of the constant review of Police operations and processes, the IGP recently restructured the Crime Intelligence Division of CID, and created a versatile Crime Intelligence Squad, to complement the work of the Crime Investigation Division, in tracking down violent criminals in the country,” said police publicist Simon Kuteesa.
“Members of this squad are deployed to work in the Regions, and the Districts, down to the Station Level, under the command of the Regional and District Police Commanders, to provide the vital Intelligence component to crime investigations,” he further stated.
“It is this squad that tracked down the perpetrators of the recent murders in Mbarara, Kasese, and this week, intercepted and arrested armed criminals in Kampala City,” confirmed Kuteesa.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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