By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The Uganda Police force has confirmed that there is a new rebel group suspected to be behind the recent attacks targeting police officers in different posts, especially in Mityana and Kiboga districts.
According to Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, in the past three weeks, two police posts have been attacked at Ssekanyonyi in Mityana district and Nakasozi in Kiboga district where four police officers were killed by unknown armed men and their guns taken.
Enanga said following leads from the two attacks, operatives from Crime Intelligence and the Flying Squad unit raided Kabuusi swamp in Kassanda district where eight members of the group were rounded up.
“Eight people including Makumbi Mosh, alias Engineer, the field commander of the group, Stuart Lugendo, 28 John Masembe, Julius Mulindwa, Paul Yamulemire, Bob Robert Ssenyonga, Sylvester Matovu and Teopista Nabukenya among others were arrested and two guns recovered. Also, 22 rounds of ammunition, items like saucepans and tents were recovered.” Enanga said.
Enanga revealed that upon interrogation, Makumbi admitted that this was a new group named Ugandan Coalition Forces of Change(UCFC) whose motive was to cause the change of government in Uganda using the power of the gun.
According to security, the group recruited mainly from Wakiso district and later created two camps in Mityana from where they carried out the first attack on Ssekanyonyi police post after luring police officers into an ambush.
During the attacks, an unknown person reported to police that locals were attacked by robbers and when two police officers responded, they were shot dead and their guns were taken.
Enanga added that by the time of the arrest, the group had carried out surveillance on Ssekanyonyi police station where they were planning to attack and rob four guns.
“After interrogation, they have provided us with useful information including the overall commander of the rebel group who has been recruiting and funding their operations. They target police officers to get guns. They also look at officers as their enemies and an obstacle to overthrow the government,” he added.
“They have been charged with terrorism, murder, unlawful possession of firearms and aggravated robbery,” he said.