Police nets 8 suspected rebels behind deadly attacks on its officers. The Police in Uganda are holding 8 suspected rebels over the violent attacks and killings of their own Officers.
Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police Force spokesperson revealed that these were arrested after the operation by the Directorate of Crime Intelligence in close coordination with FSU and Territorial Commanders in Wamala Region and that the suspects form part of a newly formed rebel group, the Uganda Coalition forces of charge (UCFC), with other members who aim at carrying out violent attacks on security personnel and other civilians targets.
Enanga said that the group is highly connected to the deadly attacks on 4 police officers attached to Busujju Police Station and Nakasozi Police Post respectively in which 4 guns were robbed.
The facts gathered by police indicate that the collaborators, agents and operatives of the rebel outfit opened two camps in Mityana district, one of which was at Wabunyira -Busujju and the other one at Kikandwa village and it is from these camps that their operatives lured two police officers namely CPL Okech Alfred and PC Kigongo Moses into an ambush where they killed and robbed two guns from them.
The police spokesperson narrated that operatives deserted the two camps after the deadly attack at Busujju and shifted their base to the wetlands at Kabusi village, Bukuyo Town Council in Kassanda district where they carried out another deadly attack on the 17th December 2021 at Nakasozi Police Post and killed two police officers who included CPL Nsubuga Francis and SPC Ddimba Paul and also robbed their guns.
As a result of all the above, the police task teams according to Enanga built on credible leads gained from their former camps in Mityana and tracked the assailants in Kassanda district fortunately a successful raid was conducted on their hide-out in a wetland along the Kassanda – Kiboga road in Kabusi village where eight (8) suspects were rounded up and arrested.
Enanga identified the arrested suspects as Mosh Makumbi alias Engineer, the field commander and a resident of Wakiso district, Stuart Saviour Lugendo alias Kufateeka 28, Deputy Field Commander from Wakiso district, Julius Mulindwa 32 from Bukerekere village, Wakiso district, John Nasif Masembe 28 from Kassanda district, Paul Yamuremire 19 from Kisoro district, a 25 year old Bob Robert Ssenyonga from Rakai district, Topista Nabukenya 50 from Namayumba, Wakiso; and a 21 year old Silvester Matovu from Wakiso Town Council.
According to the police spokesperson, the Field Commander of the group, Makumbi Mosh alias Engineer clearly indicated how they were recruited, majorly from Wakiso district and thereafter transported to their bases in Mityana where they underwent basic training in guerrilla war tactics before they were further provided with material support and encouraged to conduct violent attacks on police officers in advancement of the goals of the rebel group of over throwing the current government.
Mosh adds that by the time of their arrest, they had concluded plans of attacking Seka Yo Yo Police Station and acquire more guns and also eliminate police officers whom they doomed as obstacles in their alleged fight for freedom.
Enanga stressed that the arrests do underscore their resolve and commitment to identify, pursue and arrest all actors of violence saying that their operations to truck down all other members including the sponsors and coordinators of the rebel group are still active and ongoing.
“The eight (8) suspects are being processed on charges of terrorism, being in unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, murder and aggravated robbery”, he added.
Enanga applauded all persons who volunteered information about the rebel group to them and called upon all Ugandans to always get involved in the fight against crime and related acts of violence stressing that fighting crime is a shared responsibility.