Kampala, Uganda, A group calling itself “We Save Uganda Now (SUN)” says it has officially launched a guerrilla war to end the 30-year rule of President Yoweri Museveni.
“We have begun efforts to free our Uganda from tyranny,” the group’s commander a one “Maji Moto” said.
“We all know that constitutionalism died a long time ago and was finally laid to rest on the 19th February 2016. May its soul not rest until constitutionalism is restored.”
SUN has also claimed responsibility of the March 5, 2016 attack on a police station in Kapchorwa district.
The attack happened after 12:15am as coordinated by “two platoons of commandos” from the guerrilla group.
According to Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the attackers killed Sergeant Hakim Kaddu posted at Kapchorwa Central Police Station and critically wounded other three police officers who were on duty including; Stephen Labeja, Rukundo Junior and Inspector of Police, Jeremiah Musumba Kayemba.
Grace Patrick Odokonyero, the Kapchorwa district police commander, said about 10 gunmen attacked the police station at about 12:20am in a move to rescue their colleague, John Chemusaka.
Chemusaka is among suspects who were arrested on February 29 following an attack on UPDF soldier and a staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kween district where one gun was stolen.
Michael Odongo, the Sebei regional police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network, one of the gunmen was also killed in the gunfire exchange with police.
According to Enanga, the “gang of criminals” operates in the Mt. Elgon Forest area and is commanded by a UPDF deserter, Julius Chelimo.
Chelimo was arrested by Police, following the rampant aggravated robberies along the Eastern axis of Mbale to Karamoja in 2014, and handed over to the Military for prosecution, had ever arrested Chelimo.
He, however, escaped from Makindye Military barracks.
SUN attack on Kapchorwa
The group’s attack was facilitated by a Police Officer, PC Labu Siraje, a born of the area in Ngangata village, Kaptanya Sub-county, Kapchorwa District, attached to the Field Force Unit.
Kapchorwa police station [Daily Monitor photo]
“We would like to state that our operation was successful beyond our expectation, and would like to thanks population for their support but our gratitude goes to the men that participated in this mission and we give thanks to the Lord our God who ensured that all our brave combatants returned safely,” SUN said.
According to their account, last Saturday two platoons of SUN commandos arrived at the vicinity of the station at around 10:15 pm for an attack that was supposed to be effected at 3.30 am.
After positioning themselves, they waited for zero hour; their objective was to acquire arms and ammunition.
However, an opportunity availed itself just after midnight and their commander who identifies himself as “Maji Moto” gave the strike command.
Soldiers guarding the post began leaving their post at around 11:30pm and by 12:15am; only nine soldiers were left on guard.
“We wiped them out and proceeded to our objective point. We completely overwhelmed the few officers in the station. They were so confused that one officer run head on towards our strike force asking for help. He thought we were UPDF. We later released him (his name was LABU) we just took his gun and uniform.”
“Our strike force had divided themselves into three groups; force A was the lead strike force; strike force 2 was for carrying the Arms/ ammunition from the armoury and strike force 3 was to secure the roads to and from the station and our withdrawal routes- we had 3 routes out 2 were diversionary.”
“We would like to categorically state that Commander “Maji Moto” did not lose any men in these operation, the only man reported killed at the station we found at the station being booked by the police sergeant and was got in the cross fire as we advanced to armory.”
“We would like to thank the Uganda army who has helped us immensely by arresting and beating the locals with impunity and inducing more support for our cause from the population.”
SUN claims to have acquired 35 guns and over 320 round of munitions in this single operation, contrary to the police statement.
The group says the arrested officer [Labu Siraje] who allegedly assisting them is a scapegoat.
“He was picked simply because he is an FDC supporter.”
They also denied links with criminals led by UPDF deserter Chelimo saying it is a lie and a spin by state media.
“There is no Chelimo in our force neither were they [Chelimo’s gang] involved in this operation.”
“We released some political prisoners who had been held without charges since and before the elections most have chosen to join the struggle to save our country.”
SUN claims to be supported by Citizens for the defense of the constitution [C4DC].