The Joint Security Task Team actively involved in operations aimed at disrupting and dismantling, the newly created rebel group of the Uganda Coalition for Change (UCFC), has arrested an additional 21 suspects, who form part of the rebel group. This now brings the total number of arrested suspects to 29.
We have established that the additional 21 suspects arrested within the axis of Kiboga, Mityana and Kassanda, also attended training in weapons and military drills at the UCFC rebel camps in Wabunyira and Kikandwa villages.
The group has so far carried out 3 attacks in Wakiso, Busunju and Kiboga. The majority are youths recruited from Wakiso district, who were recruited and transported to Mityana. They joined the rebel group with has plans of overthrowing the sitting government.
We also want to caution the youth against joining such hostile groups. The claim that they are being motivated by the negative outcome of the 2021 general elections is baseless. The voices of the majority of Ugandans was heard, and must be respected. Therefore, those politicians accelerating themes of violence, as the B-plan needed to bring about societal collapse and lead to an uprising or civil war are seriously warned.
As the Joint Security Agencies, our top most priority remains the safety of Ugandans and other citizens in the country. We therefore, take such threats of violent extremism seriously. We have directed more resources to focus on the threat.
We want to reiterate that we do not target or investigate any individual or group because of their affiliation, belief or ideology. It is only where these beliefs and affiliations lead to violence, impurity and lawlessness that we shall bring the perpetrators to book.
CP Enanga Fred
27th December 2021