Police says it has closed down a militia camp in Luweero jungles run by Major (Rtd) Roland Kaooza Mutale, infamous for his torturous squad.
Notorious for his Kalangala Action Plan [KAP] that terrorised opposition in 2001 elections, Mutale’s new squad was being trained to harass the opposition in 2016 elections.
The retired soldier has already graduated the first batch of militia in a bush camp in Luweero district, 60 kilometres north of Kampala.
He gained more popularity in 2007 with his Kiboko Squad, armed thugs dressed in civilian clothes and using big sticks to beat up demonstrators who were protesting against President Yoweri Museveni’s proposed sale of Mabira Forest to the Mehta Group for sugarcane growing.
His new militia is aimed at neutralising Museveni’s political opponents come 2016 elections especially; Gen David Tinyefuza, Gen Benon Biraro, Gen Mugisha Muntu, Col. Kizza Besigye and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.
Police shuts down his operations
Addressing press on Saturday, police chief Kale Kayihura, observed that the last couple of weeks, political parties have been involved in primaries and are now preparing for the nomination of their candidates which marks the beginning of the campaign period.
As such, Kayihura noted, violence by organised groups recruited either by political parties or political actors, have occurred in the past.
He thanked media for being vigilant in informing about organisers of violence eg Maj. Kakooza Mutale’s KAP.
Kayihura announced that the Police led a team of joint security forces to close Maj. Mutale’s KAP.
Mutale’s camp is located at Matembe farm in Kamira sub-county in Luweero district.
“We are going to trace all those who were trained under Kalangala Action Plan. We are warning them,” Kayihura said.
The police chief said the operation was still ongoing “that was just a beginning”.
The late Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, had said they would not allow militias in elections.
The army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, and deputy government spokesperson, Col Shaban Bantariza, too said the UPDF had not sanctioned Mutale militias.