By: Kim Aine
Uganda’s Military Intelligence is investigating reports that former Presidential candidate and FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye was among the alleged plotters of the coup against the government of President Museveni.
Highly placed security sources early Monday morning told ChimpReports that a video of Dr Besigye taking oath as ‘president’ of Uganda was not only intended to incite a popular public insurrection but also a mutiny in the armed forces.
“So far we have arrested several officers who were in charge of armories at different military facilities,” said a source who is part of the comprehensive investigations into the foiled coup plot.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the mutineers’ plan was that as soon as protesters took to the streets as encouraged by Besigye, some of our officers who are now in custody would give guns and ammunition to the insurgents to start a revolt from within different barracks,” he added.
“The mutineers would receive sophisticated arms from Makindye and Gulu Barracks. Others would be obtained from Bombo.”
This website on Sunday broke the news about the arrest of Entebbe Airbase Garrison Commander, Col Dan Odwee Opito over alleged subversion.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda confirmed the arrest, saying the high ranking officer was being probed for acts related to overthrowing the government.
The unfolding events have triggered concerns that Dr Besigye who is detention at Luzira Prison on charges of treason could see the arrested soldiers added onto his charge sheet as accomplices.
According to the prosecution, Besigye and others still at large “between February 20 and May 11 in diverse places of Uganda formed an intention to compel by force or constrain the Government of Uganda, as by law established, to change its measures or counsels as the lawfully established methods of ascending to the Office of President of the Republic of Uganda as by law prescribed ad manifested such intention by covert acts and utterances.”
Besigye has previously denied using force to overthrow the government.
Court also threw out cases of treason and rape against Besigye due to state’s lack of sufficient evidence.
This development also comes in the wake of an attack on Gulu Central Police Station on Sunday.
Police publicist Fred Enanga said a joint security force of the Police and military repulsed the “unknown gunmen” who were part of what was “believed to be a rescue operation, for Dan Oola Odiya Dan, the UPC Deputy Secretary for mobilization.”