By Prossy Namiiro
The Directorate of Crime Intelligence in close coordination with FSU, and the Territorial Commanders in Wamala Region on Tuesday made a break through in their operations and arrested 8 suspects believed to have attacked four police officers attached to Busujju Police Station and Nakasozi Police Post respectively.
The group is believed to be part of a newly formed rebel group, the Uganda Coalition forces of charge (UCFC) that robbed four guns during the deadly attacks and also continue to carry out violent attacks on both security personnel and civilian targets.
Police has identified the suspects6 as Makumbi Mosh alias Engineer, the field commander, and a resident of Wakiso, 28 year old Lugendo Stuart Savior aka Kufateeka and Deputy Field Commander from Wakiso district; Mulindwa Julius, a 32 year male adult, from Bukerekere village, Wakiso; Masembe John Nasif, a 28 year old, male adult from Kassanda district; Yamuremire Paul, a 19 year old, male adult from Kisoro district, Ssenyonga Bob Robert a 25 year old male adult from Rakai district; Nabukenya Topista, a 50 year old, female adult from namayumba, Wakiso; and Matovu Silvester, a 21 year old, male adult from Wakiso Town Council.
According to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, the Police task team surrounded and arrested the suspects in Kassanda District through a raid after getting credible leads from the assailants’ former camps in Mityana.
“The facts gathered indicate that the collaborators, agents and operatives of the rebel outfit, opened two camps in Mityana district. One of them was at Wabunyira -Busujju and the other one at Kikandwa village. 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,” Enanga said.
Adding: “The 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. And it is from this new camp that they carried out another deadly attack on the 17.12.2021 at Nakasozi Police Post and killed two police officers who included CPL Nsubuga Francis and SPC Ddimba Paul. And then robbed their guns.
Under Police custody, 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.
“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. At the time of their arrest, they had concluded plans of attacking Sekanyonyi Police Station and acquire more guns. And also eliminate police officers whom they doomed as obstacles in their alleged fight for freedom.” Enanga added
The eight (8) suspects currently detained on charges of terrorism, being in unlawful possession of dangerous weapons, murder and aggravated robbery.