Newly appointed Security Minister Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde has warned that the recent wave of attacks on security installations in Gulu district could signal rebellion.
Tumukunde, who once served as Commander of the Gulu-based 4th Division of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, is quoted by Uganda Radio Network telling journalists at Parliament that the attacks are masterminded by elements that participated in the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] struggle.
He said the former combatants are still disgruntled by the sitting government.
Tumukunde said the ‘elements’ but stated that government has the capacity to bring the perpetrators to book.
Earlier, UPDF 4th division commander Brig Kayanja Muhanga also linked the attacks to former LRA rebels that were commanded by Joseph Kony.
He said they have bases in Oyam district.
The same elements attacked Opit army detach where two people were killed and eight rifles stolen.
They later attacked Gulu Central Police Station killing a soldier Cpl Moses Edema and a cop Moses Mawanda.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Sunday’s attack was a follow up of the earlier attack on the Opit Local Defense Unit post during which guns were stolen.
He said Police intercepted communication between the attackers.
“They referred to guns as ‘cassava stems’.”
He said prior to Sunday’s attack, acting on intelligence, police got reinforcements from UPDF in anticipation of attack.
“The attackers are residents of Gulu. All the six originate from Acholi sub-region. Gulu attackers were amateurish. Unlike good officers, guns were the first thing they abandoned as they fled.”
The incident came at a time over 30 soldiers were being incarcerated for alleged coup to overthrow the government.
Notable among them are; Colonel Dan Opita, the commander of Entebbe airbase, UPC’s Dan Oola Odiya and Nakawa division MP Michael Kabaziguruka.
Enanga said Odiya, the man Gulu attackers attempted to rescue, has given an extra-judicial statement saying he is the regional commander of the group.
The leader of the armed attack on Opit, Dan Opiyo, is among those arrested.
Currently, police is investigating possible reasons driving these armed attackers.
“There is no way the Gulu attack was stage managed. Why would we sacrifice the lives of our police officers? If Gulu CPS had been overran, all prisoners would be out. All guns would have been stolen. But that never happened.”
Meanwhile, police has heightened security at its headquarters in Kampala in the wake of attacks on security installations.
Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye told URN police offices are now deemed to be under threat following three consecutive attacks in Gulu district, Northern Uganda and a number of cases from different parts of the country.