Ugandan police have arrested a man they believe to be the leader of a group of attackers who have been attacking police stations, particularly in the central part of the country.
Unnamed suspect was detained by crime intelligence teams in Nyendo, Masaka City in central Uganda, according to reliable sources on Sunday.
A police source claims that the suspect is currently assisting security personnel in finding hidden weapons that were either stolen or used in the attacks.
“We have recovered a multiple purpose gun called PK and other weapons that the group was using,”a source said.
According to reports, the group assassinated Bukwo Chief Administrative Officer in Matugga and stormed Busiiika and Kyabadaaza police stations.
Attacks on security personnel and facilities have increased recently, primarily targeting police officers. Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi recently attributed these attacks to the so-called Uganda Coalition for Change rebel organization.
“The problem of attacking police posts and taking guns is a deliberate effort by a group of people who seem to think they can change the government by force. So, it’s no longer the same criminals who come and attack with machetes and rob. This is mainly to kill and take guns,”Katsigazi, a two-star military general parachuted as second-in-command in police, said on November 4.
President Museveni claimed that both ADF insurgents and lone criminals were responsible for the attacks on police installations in his broadcast speech on November 20. However, several of the perpetrators had already been apprehended or executed.
“It is really foolish that you can commit crimes in Uganda, under the National Resistance Movement, and you survive,” he said. “Anybody who kills people will be arrested or killed if he resists arrest,” he added.