Crime

Suspected rebels drop anti-gov’t leaflets in Mityana

The leaflets and anonymous letters were last week dropped in various areas and near public institutions such as police by a group that identified itself as Uganda Coalition Front for Change.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: A Joint task force of security agencies have launched investigations on anti-government leaflets that were last weekend dropped in Mityana and Kiboga districts by suspected rebel groups.

The leaflets and anonymous letters were last week dropped in various areas and near public institutions such as police by a group that identified itself as Uganda Coalition Front for Change.

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“Uganda is bleeding, Transition is not succession. Expect a deadly attack on this station sooner,” one leaflet dropped near Mityana Central Police Station read. “We have today officially launched a war against the NRM government. To Ugandan civilians, we kindly request for your assistance and maximum cooperation,” another one read.

This, according to Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga has prompted the joint security agencies have kicked off investigations into the people behind the leaflets but suspected it is the work of a rebel group that had earlier been defeated that is trying to rebuild.

“Earlier this year, the same groups attacked and killed our police officers and robbed guns. We arrested over 20 members of the group and taken to court over acts of subversion, robbery, and murder. We recovered the guns and again this time we are ready to dismantle the group whose remnants seem to be regrouping,” Enanga said while addressing journalists on Monday afternoon.

Enanga, in a separate development also warned the public on the increasing attacks on police after another attempted attack on two police officers attached to tourism police in Kayabwe happened over the weekend.

Enanga explained that two assailants who pretended to be walking behind women carrying elephant grass returning home ambushed two police officers in a bid to rob their guns but were overpowered.

He noted that the officers were alert and released bullets to scare off the attackers who later fled to nearby banana plantations.

According to the police spokesperson, investigations into this attack have kicked off.

“The ones who attacked our traffic officers last week in Luweero were after guns but we are still building up leads surrounding the theft of those two guns and the murder of our officer. We are not sure whether there is a relationship between the two guns robbed last week at a police check point and the attempted robbery of guns from our officers in Buwama,”Enanga said.

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