Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao says Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has been pleading with him to help end the conflict that is destabilising Gulu district.
Addressing press in Kampala, Mao said the UPDF 4th division commander Brig Kayanja Muhanga asked him to talk to residents in order to resolve whatever standoff exists between them and security forces.
According to Kayanja, armed men who attacked Gulu Central Police Station on Sunday were former members of the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] rebels under Joseph Kony.
Six of the suspects were arrested; however, they managed to kill a UPDF soldier, Cpl Moses Edema and a police chief Moses Mawanda.
Brig Kayanja said security forces had been heavily deployed in Gulu town to hunt down the attackers.
Mao said Brig Kayanja alerted him that the attackers have a base in Oyam along Kampala-Gulu high way.
“He [Kayanja] wants me to be the mediator,” Mao said.
He castigated government for linking insurgencies to opposition politicians.
Currently, Uganda People’s Congress mobiliser Dan Odiya and Forum for Democratic Change’s Michael Kabaziguruka are in detention over rebel links.
The army has since arrested over 30 soldiers including the airforce base commander Col Dan Opito Odwe over allegations of a coup plot against government.