A joint security team has raided the home of Umar
Kabonge Ajobe, a resident of Kikubajinja zone in Luwero town council along
The Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Brigadier
General Felix Kulayigye, says that they received information that Ajobe and two
other people linked to the rebel Allied Democratic Forces-ADF were using the
home to assemble a bomb.
According to Kulayigye, a team of UPDF officers
raided the home Wednesday and discovered an underground hole in one of the rooms
the suspect was using for training and assembling a bomb.
On Thursday, Kulayigye took journalists on a guided tour of
the home where he displayed a pistol, 29 bullets, a fork, an empty bottle of
Coke and Afia juice, a small electric cable, a pack of burning incense, and gun oil among others, which he
claimed the suspect was planning to use to assemble a bomb.
Kulayigye explained that Ajobe had trained his
child to assemble a gun and restricted access to his home. He later paraded Ajobe,
Akbar Kabanda and the unidentified man whom he claimed were planning to attack Kampala
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Security neither allowed the suspect nor his
wife found in the home to speak to journalists. However, the woman, whose names
have been withheld later denied all the allegations leveled against her husband
and child but the interview was cut short by UPDF soldiers on grounds that it
was against the guided tour.
Some residents told URN on condition of anonymity that Ajobe dug the hole for purposes of sinking water
well and cast doubt on the security narrative. Lawrence Kakumba, the councilor
of Kasana Piida Parish at Luwero town council, says that they only knew Ajobe
as a welder and didn’t know that he was linked to terror activities.
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Our reporter was also able to establish from residents that prior to his arrest, Ajobe was a metal scrap dealer. Ajobe was first arrested in March this year. His wife told URN
that a Toyota Hiace van alias drone stormed
their home laden with gunmen.
They arrested her son and took him until Wednesday
when they returned claiming that he was hosting a terror training facility. Ajobe is not the first person to be arrested in Luwero over
their alleged links to ADF.
In November last
year, unidentified security operatives picked up Sheikh Swaibu Segujja, the
Assistant Secretary for Zakat under the Luwero Muslim District, and the Imam of
Butanza mosque in Katikamu Sub County their alleged ADF links.
They were, however, released without charge. The duo’s arrest came just two days after
security shot dead Sheikh Muhammad Abbas Kirevu in Wakiso district for his
alleged links to ADF.