Killer Gangs Release List Of 10 VIPs To Be Assassinated
Including Ministers, Mak & NSSF bosses
By Our Reporters
In what police publicist Assan Kasingye vigorously dismissed as psychological games, criminal murderous gangs suspected to have a hand in the ongoing bloodbath and robberies in various Ugandan districts on Tuesday released a document enumerating public figures and VIPs they intend to target and assassinate in Felix Kaweesi style.
Calling themselves “M40 BATTALIAN,” the killer gangs also had guts to obtain phone numbers of some of the people targeted and directly sent them whatsapp messages directly making these threats. You can’t easily dismiss it as propaganda because as Police publicist Kasingye recognized in a phone interview, these same gangs have previously made good their threats.
For instance in the greater Masaka area they have been sending advance notices declaring the day they would come and went on to carry out the threat and in the process wounding and killing many people. Not even the heightened joint security deployment of UPDF and Uganda Police would deter them from executing their threat. This has gradually been spreading to Luweero, Wakiso, Kyaggwe and parts of Busia district where they have so far been catching police off guard.
The newest threat anonymously issued on Tuesday names some of the people to be targeted next with assassinations which the authors say are clearly aimed at hurting the NRM regime and show it as not in charge anymore.
These include Lands Minister Betty Amongin and her deputies including Isaac Musumba, Chris Baryomunsi and Parcis Namuganza. Also on the list are Energy Minister Irene Muloni and her deputies including Simon Dujang and Peter Lokeris.
It’s not clear if the threat extends to the Ministry PS Steven Isabalija who also wields enormous influence since the idea is to politically hurt the Museveni regime. The document adds that all Makerere governing council members are being targeted in the upcoming spate of high profile assassinations. No specific dates are given for execution of the threats. The targeted Makerere Council bosses are many including Chairman Eng Wana Etyem, his Vice Irene Ovonji and other members like Bruce Kabasa, Thormas Tayebwa, Doreen Nyanjura, Elizabeth Gabona, Dr. Sarah Ssali, Prof Ddumba-Sentamu and others.
The other Makerere influential figure that must be worried is businessman Charles Mbire who is also the MTN Uganda Chairman. Unfortunately most of these are VIPs without much armed protection. In fact all Makerere Council members don’t have any escorts. They move around freely both at home and work which increases their vulnerability and susceptibility to such plots.
We couldn’t readily establish why a politically minded group, like the authors claim to be, would target Makerere Council bosses of all people. Kasingye maintains this is psychological and the perpetrators want to create public fear and erode public trust in the police and other security agencies.
The document also captures NEMA officials as some of those soft targets that must be assassinated. The document also talks of NSSF whose bosses like MD Richard Byarugaba and BOD Chairman Patrick Kaberenge have reason to worry as they form the Fund’s very top echelons.
Also listed are the top NPA bosses including Kisamba Mugerwa the chairman and Dr. Muvawala his Managing Director. Kisamba is an influential player in the Museveni government as before the budget is read in Parliament, Museveni insists on Kisamba giving the last word on everything. He is also involved in spearheading many development projects and is to Museveni what Prof Ephraim Kamuntu was to Obote II when it comes to finance matters.
The assailants’ calculation could be that bumping off such an important aide would psychologically break Museveni who we can exclusively confirm has previously got intelligence reports to the effect that Kaweesi-like assailants have plans to go after many other high profile citizens. Whereas in the long term his hopes lie with the Shs400bn CCTV Cameras project, Museveni has reacted by intensifying covert deployment of VIP escorts around some of these potentially targetable VIPs.
This effort of covert escort deployment is being coordinated and overseen in conjunction with SFC which is reputed to have great capabilities regarding VIP protection. The determined assailants also vow to go after top bosses of Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL) where ex-EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu works these days. The other agencies whose bosses must watch their steps include UEGCL sister agencies like UMEME, UEDCL etc.
POLICE SPEAKS OUT
Police publicist Kasingye said the force had received these anonymous letters targeting VIPs and both overt and covert steps were being taken to remedy the situation.
“Yes there is increased deployment of patrol vehicles and other methods that may not be visible but you just know we are on top of the situation as police,” Kasingye said.
He added this strategy of using such letters to scare the populace has been on and police has gradually been arresting some of the originators “who are so far giving us information regarding those still at large.” He said some the ring leaders will soon appear before court as hinted upon by the IGP during his Monday press conference at Katwe Police Station.
We pressed Kasingye to advise the targeted VIPs on what they should do in the interim as police intensifies its efforts and he angrily said: “my brother what do you want me to say?” He was cautious to ensure his comments don’t leave the targeted VIPs more frightened but insisted police wasn’t taking the situation lightly as previous threats have been followed with action.
Other police sources said political-minded groups could be taking advantage of the rampant violent murders to ferment more anxiety in the public in order to score political points against the NRM government by authoring these letters. “Whatever it is we as police are determined to secure everybody in this country, be they VIP or ordinary persons, and we shall prevail as the earlier arrests have so far demonstrated,” said Kasingye who was careful not to create more anxiety in the already frightened VIP fraternity.
Some in security suspect a wealthy Ugandan physician based in Diaspora, from where he has lately been making inflammatory statements, could be the one funding some of these murderous activities in order to settle old personal scores against President Museveni. The President has sufficiently been briefed on this possibility and his SFC operatives are closely following onto this lead including intensifying covert operations in regional capitals like Nairobi, Khartoum and South Africa where this disgruntled physician is believed to have active training cells including some inherited from extremists like Jamil Mukulu. In fact groups loyal to this wealthy physician have previously posted social media messages urging Ugandans to brace themselves for the worst.
IGP SPEAKS OUT
Meanwhile IGP Gen Kayihura also released a statement reassuring the public not to panic just like Kasingye stressed in the last night interview with this wwebsite. Kayihura’s statement goes as follows:
VERBATTIM: “The Uganda Police Force has successfully addressed the security situation in the Country keeping the country safe and secure despite a few incidents that continue to occur. As you are aware, we have already taken 13 suspects involved in the murder of the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver PC Godfrey Mambewa and his body guard CPL Kenneth Erau. You are also aware that we arrested and arraigned in court suspects of the murders of Muslim Clerics.
We are also progressing well with the investigations of the murder of the late Joan Kagezi. In Greater Masaka, the insecurity that was witnessed in the three districts of Lwengo, Masaka and Bukomansimbi especially during the months of October and November last year, is now under control. Over 100 suspects were arrested and over 50 suspects have appeared in courts of law. The communities have been mobilized to work closely with the police through increased patrols, community policing, crime intelligence and investigation to increase vigilance and defeat these criminals in the communities.
In Kampala Metropolitan policing area, there are criminals circulating leaflets intimidating the public and robbing their property. These leaflets have been circulated in Namulanda, Kyengera, Nsangi and Wakiso. Currently, we have prime suspects in connection with this crime. We have apprehended over 13 suspects who are prime suspects in this new wave of crime. They are providing useful information that will help in our investigations.
We shall prosecute all of them and soon we shall stamp out the vice completely.The joint security in Kampala has also arrested many suspected criminals involved in car robberies that have been rampant in recent times. One such suspected robber is JAMES SSEJJUUKI JJUUKO, 37 years. He was arrested after a long hunt. At his place of residence in Nansana, Wakiso District, police recovered a stolen vehicle AUDI Reg No. UAY 530A, and owner of this vehicle has already been notified.
He also had with him 35 head lumps, 2 suspected stolen number plates and he was in possession of a suspected stolen passport in the names of Byakagaba Moses, BO 972550. We shall soon arraign him in court together with his accomplices, some of whom are still at large.These and more crimes are being handled very well to increase security and safety across the country. We have intensified our community policing initiatives where we continue to mobilize communities to embrace the Neighborhood Watch Scheme, work with crime preventers and local leaders such as LC 1, to ensure peace and security in neighborhoods.
Also in Kampala, I have visited all bodaboda stages in our community policing initiatives to mobilize them to register, have valid and relevant documents, adhere to the traffic and road safety regulations and work closely with security agencies in the fight against crime.Therefore, I would like to reassure the country the Uganda Police together with other security agencies are on top of the situation. We need the vigilance of our population through working together with us to ensure total security throughout the country. We shall arrest all the other suspects that have not been arrested yet, and take them to courts of laws.”
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April 27, 2017 10:24 AM