The Uganda People’s Defence Force has said some of its soldiers have been arrested over the early Monday incident when a group of armed people attempted an attack on a military facility at Mbuya near Kampala city centre.
Felix Kulayigye, the army spokesperson toldthe press that Lt Col Molo, a UPDF deserter has been identified as the only person killed during the incident, which he has insisted did not amount to an attack. He added that they have also arrested a total of three others including army deserters who are well known to them.
Kulayigye however declined to say whether Omolo’s body has been claimed. In a statement he issued a few hours after the incident, Kulaigye had said one of the attackers was killed and another arrested adding that the police had retrieved the corpse.
He maintained that the incident was an attempt by thugs to snatch a rifle from a guard and not an attack however; a source inside the military facility at the time the incident occurred said that the attackers estimated at 35 and armed with 3 guns had intentions to raid the armoury.
The source said that the intruders captured and tied one of the soldiers on guard and also disarmed another. He explained that the situation was saved when another soldier who the attackers also ordered to hand over his gun instead fired shots in the air alerting the rest of the soldiers at the barracks.
He said that one of the attackers was shot dead during the resultant gunfire while one was captured after he failed to escape. The military facility where the incident occurred is located less about two kilometres below the military headquarters on Mbuya hill and is fenced off but surrounded by both temporary and permanent structures housing the soldiers. It is also surrounded by gardens of sweet potatoes, cassava and other crops, which the soldiers cultivate.
Kulayigye however said that they were yet investigating the incident to establish the motive.
The incident has prompted changes at the facility. Apart from the military and national flags flying at half-mast because of the death of Eriya Kategaya, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs who died on Friday, there is a deployment of both military police and regular soldiers in and outside the facility.
Apart from past experiences of rebels such as the Lord’s Resistance Army raiding military facilities, there has been no recent reported attack on a military facility.