Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) senior officer who was arrested for allegedly having links with an unnamed rebel group, has been released without charge.
Colonel Dan Opito Odwee, the airforce garrison commander, was detained at the Makindye Military cells over subversive activities in June this year.
Col Opito was picked from his home in Katabi, Entebbe and seen with his hands tied behind his back as he was bundled into a vehicle and driven to Makindye Military Barracks in Kampala.
He was accused of plotting to shoot down President Yoweri Museveni’s jet.
The former 4th Division infantry operations and training officer was among the 30 soldiers, including Capt Ojara, the arms officer (head of armoury) at Bombo Military Barracks and Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka who were arrested over treason.
Kabaziguruka and 19 UPDF soldiers were at the close of last month charged in the court martial for offences related to security and treachery and remanded to Makindye and Kigo prisons respectively.
Col Opito, on the other hand, have reportedly been freed without any charge being brought against him.
“After being flustered by dad’s ( Col. Dan Opito) arrest for almost a month, I am glade to notify you all about his release this evening. I nod with resignation that your great prayers and kind words of encouragement kept the family in good shape,” Abili who is in the United States said.
“Dad is a Professional lawyer and a law abiding citizen of Uganda above. This explains why no charges were framed against him. To all my dear Facebook friends, if I forgot to thank you for standing with our family, then I will have committed an act of treachery. All your great encouragement and prayers are appreciated with no doubt.”
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda was not readily available for a comment.