A team of joint security personnel comprised of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI and Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce-JAT arrested a man identified as Abdul Katumba who was found in possession of materials allegedly used in making Improvised explosive Devises-IED.
President Museveni has said that a suspected suicide bomber who was arrested on Thursday in Pader Town council in
Northern Uganda is linked to the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF.
A team of joint
security personnel comprised of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence-CMI and
Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce-JAT arrested a man identified as Abdul Katumba who was found in
possession of materials allegedly used in making Improvised explosive Devises-IED. He was arrested on Thursday at Atimikica Guest House
in Pader Town council.
Security teams said that the terrorist cell could have targeted the crowds that thronged Gen Lokech’s ancestral home of Paipir village in Pader Town Council ahead of his burial on Friday. In his condolence message read to
mourners by the Internal Affairs Minister Gen Kahinda Otafire on Friday, President
Museveni equally reiterated that ADF had sent the suicide bomber to kill mourners.
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President Museveni says Gen. Lokech
had successfully broken ADF operations in the country and thereby became a prime
target by the terrorist group operating from their hideout in the Eastern
The Democratic Republic of Congo. He cited that Gen Lokech through
his team of security personnel were swift in identifying and apprehending the suspects
in the Gen Katumba Wamala’s shooting.
Museveni says that the speed of Gen Lokech’s
work sent a shock to the ADF who were used to “uncaring actors that don’t dig
deep even when the clues were abundant”.
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Museveni says the biggest threats
of killing and insecurity are emanating from the ADF operating in the Eastern DRC
adding that he is already discussing with his counterpart, Félix Tshisekedi, the
president of the Democratic Republic of Congo on plans of eliminating ADF.
He adds that he will also move to
have a discussion with the five permanent representatives of the UN security council
from the East African Community that controls MONUSCO, a United Nations peacekeeping force in DRC.
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The ADF has been operational in
the North Eastern DRC near the Ugandan border since the 1990’s and continues to
carry out deadly attacks on civilians and military personnel in the troubled DR Congo.
The group that is alleged to be having ties with the Islamic state-ISIS have
been numerously blamed by the Ugandan government for being behind high-profile assassinations.
One of ADF prominent leaders Jamil Mukulu who was arrested in Tanzania in 2015 remains
incarcerated in Uganda where he is accused of launching a rebellion that destabilized
the Rwenzori sub-region.