President Yoweri Museveni has summoned the Military High Command amid increasing attacks on security installations in the country, the Kampala Report has learnt.
Highly-placed security and intelligence sources intimated to the Kampala Report on Friday morning that the President, who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, is concerned that unidentified gunmen are increasing raiding security installations, killing officers, taking away guns and getting away with it.
“The President is concerned. He wants a quick solution,” a source said.
This comes after gunmen raided Gaddafi Army Barracks in Jinja on Thursday evening and killed a UPDF officer, identified as Sgt. Eyamu Simon Peter, aged 45, and robbed two guns, including that of his colleague, who had gone to the nearby shop..
The raid on the Army Barracks becomes the third raid on the security installations in a period of one month, leaving security officers dead.
The last raid, which occurred on Kensington Police Post in Kyanja, Kampala, was repulsed by police officers without any life or gun lost.
But the attack on Busiika police post in Luweero District on November 1 left two officers and guns taken.
Our sources added that the commander in chief wants the High Command to establish the root cause of all these attacks on security installations and forge a lasting solution to end these criminalities on security installations and its officers.
Recently, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime, said their preliminary investigations indicate that the grotesque raid on Busiika Police Post was carried out by a rebel outfit called Coalition for Change.
“The problem of attacking police posts and taking guns is a deliberate effort by a group of people who seem to think that 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,” he said.
He revealed that police had arrested the leader of the group and that the suspect was taken before the Court Martial but he didn’t offer details on the charges which the suspect is facing.
“They [thugs] come in bigger numbers. For instance in Busiika, they were seven armed with two AK-47 rifles and a pistol, according to our preliminary investigations. Busiika Police Post had 10 police officers attached to it but only six officers were present on that fateful day,” he said.