Crime & Investigation

Armed Robbers in Fierce Battle with Police; 2 Killed

The UPDF has reacted angrily at reports that former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi wrote down a list “good” and “evil” army officers, erectile saying it will not allow the media to “drag names of individual UPDF serving officers into partisan political debates going on in the country.”

Sections of the media quoted sources as saying President Museveni quizzed Mbabazi during a meeting of top NRM leaders at State House Nakasero last week on why he had categorised army officers in such a manner.

Mbabazi reportedly included Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura, for sale Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, pharm and ISO boss Brig Ronnie Barya among others as “evil” whereas former military intelligence chief, Brig James Mugira was reported among the friendly officers to the ex-premier.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda on Tuesday said in a statement that, “despite prior notices to the media to stop this conduct, some media houses have continued to portray some UPDF officers as taking sides in the ongoing political debates in the country.”

He added:  “These reports are geared towards creating divisionism in a Force that has come a long way, addressing past armies’ mistakes to build a professional, disciplined, united, pro people UPDF meant for the impartial defence of all the people in Uganda.”

Security organs recently shut down two newspapers in Uganda for reporting details of a letter in which renegade UPDF General David Sejusa alleged a plot to kill senior officers and government officials, a charge Kampala denied.

Human rights groups described the move as “high-handed” and “unacceptable.”

Ankunda said the media should “desist from reporting aimed at injuring the internal cohesion of the Defence forces, for the purpose of merely seeking increased sales at the expense of National security.”

“The UPDF will continue to act professionally in all circumstances and will not accept to be dragged in partisan politics. We will continue to implement our constitutional mandate of preserving, defending and protecting the people, their property, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.”

Mbabazi says will not contest against Museveni in 2016 though his allies have been carrying out grassroots mobilisation ahead of the 2016 elections.
Police yesterday November 20th at around 9:00pm intercepted armed highway robbers who had staged at Kanayiba village in Kasese Municipality.

This happened when a police patrol unit was on duty that night and the 4 thugs armed with AK47 riffles traveling in a Toyota Premio registration number UAP 488M realized that they were about to be caught.

They opened fire at the police team that also engaged them in a battle that lasted for some minutes before the thugs drove off.

“We gave warning shots but instead, visit this the suspected robbers aimed at our officers and during the exchange of fire, two thugs were shot dead and the other two escaped; we appeal to all road users to be vigilant especially at night and to look out for whatever happens on the road, ” said deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye,.

Namaye added that during the engagement, no officer was hurt and that they were looking for the car the other two used to escape.


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