JINJA – The Police in Busoga North, have arrested five people for allegedly having links with the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels in Kaliro district.
The suspects who are detained at Kaliro Central Police Station include; Andrew Kaamu, Bashir Baligeya, Michael Waiswa, Sharif Namugire, and Lydia Mukyala.
Their arrest followed complaints from residents of Namukooge Trading Centre, in Namugongo sub-county, that the suspects were indoctrinating juveniles between the ages of five and 12 in Mukyala’s house. These actions raised suspicion among residents who alerted security personnel.
Irene Musekwa, a resident said that the suspects led quiet lives, but the teachings that were conducted during the night caused fear amongst the residents.
The Busoga North Police Spokesperson, Michael Kasadha said that during the operation, security personnel recovered exhibits that would help in investigations. He however, declined to reveal details about the said exhibits.
Meanwhile, 24 suspected Karamojong warriors have been arrested in Kotido district in an operation that led to the recovery of two guns.
Maj Isaac Aware – the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson said the suspects were arrested on Friday during a joint security operation at Nakabale and Lokoroko Trading Centres in Lokwakiei sub-county.
Oware narrated that during the operation, two guns with 34 rounds of ammunition were recovered, in addition to four pairs of UPDF uniforms and a pair of army boots.
“The suspected warriors are being detained at the 405 Brigade in Kotido headquarters for further investigations while one warrior who was injured in the confrontation is receiving treatment at Kotido Hospital,” said Oware.
Paul Komol Lotee – the Kotido LCV chairperson, too confirmed the incident, asking the Karamojong warriors to surrender for the sake of peace in the sub-region.
“I appeal to my people to cherish peace and surrender the firearms, which bring instability in our district,” said Lotee.
The arrests and recovery of the guns comes days just after a Joint security force reclaimed three guns from Karamojong warriors in Kaabong and Napak districts on Christmas day.