Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI has reportedly started reassembling the Black mamba squad following the West Gate terrorists attack in Nairobi Kenya.
The specialized group of UPDF soldiers came to be known as the Black Mambas after the March 1, 2007 siege of Kampala High court.
Over 50 heavily armed operatives dressed in Black T-shirts and head banners besieged the Kampala high court to re-arrest five treason suspects of the shadowy Popular Resistance Army-PRA. The incident drew wide condemnation from human rights activists forcing government to disband the group.
Shortly after taking over the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Brig. Charles Bakahumura ordered the transfer of the operatives to different units when he allegedly found them redundant. However, sources have intimated to local media that following the West Gate terror attack, in which 70 people were killed and scores of others injured, CMI has decided to re-assemble the unit.
According to the sources, the operatives are trained to handle situations such as the West Gate incident adding that, it would make sense to re-assemble the group because of the repeated terror warnings against Uganda.
Members of the group are reportedly being summoned from the different units where they were deployed to assemble at the Directorate’s headquarters in Mbuya.
CMI has also started hunting for surveillance teams that were equipped by counter terrorism skill by Israelis trainers to beef up security.
When asked about the on-going exercise to re-assemble the Black Mamba squad, UPDF Spokesperson Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda dismissed it as mere speculation.