Army Downplays Mubende, Kyegegwa ‘Rebel’ Attacks

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda maintains that the UPDF moved into South Sudan to avert a potential genocide and that the rest is secondary.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda maintains that the UPDF moved into South Sudan to avert a potential genocide and that the rest is secondary.

Series of attacks on security installations in the country by unknown gunmen do not worry the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda has said.

Ankunda told local media in an interview that the attacks are isolated and made by thugs whom the UPDF will ‘sort out’ soon.

The comments come on the backdrop of attacks by unknown gunmen on Mungumwema Pentecostal Church in Kyegegwa on Friday that claimed the lives of two people, one only identified as Beata and another, a police officer Mwine Grace at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police.

Ten days ago, a group of unknown gunmen attacked Mubende Police barracks and fired over 20 shots before fleeing. Police then also recovered a mobile phone from the attackers and no arrests have yet been made despite the announcement by the Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga that the gunmen were known to the police.

In March, another attack by yet unknown assailants was mounted at the Military headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala. One of the assailants was killed by the army while four others were arrested and arraigned before court on treason charges.

Ankunda says the events are unrelated and should not cause panic amongst members of the Public.

Five arrests have so far been made in connection with the Kyegegwa shootings. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told URN that the names will be made public after investigations are complete.

The UPDF second division spokesperson Lieutenant Ninsiima Rwemijuma earlier told the media that the army had pursued suspected assailants up to the closely shared Congo border and are continuing the search for more of the culprits.

Earlier reports had linked the attack to the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels who have operated in Western Uganda before however; the UPDF has denied the reports citing that the attack was carried out by local assailants who have no ADF links.

1 thought on “Army Downplays Mubende, Kyegegwa ‘Rebel’ Attacks

  1. I am certain the culprits will be netted, and their backers unveiled soon or later. And when it happens, the security agencies should met out onto them a befitting punishment. The punishment severity should send a message to all intending troublemakers that what they are engaged in is extremely unattainable.

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