BY VISION REPORTERS
SOME Kenyans and Kenya-based organisations have been assisting the new rebel group, known as the Uganda People’s Front (UPF), security minister Amama Mbabazi has said.
Briefing Parliament yesterday about the arrest of suspected UPF rebels, Mbabazi said the suspects confessed that their rebel group had its headquarters in Nairobi.
“One or two Congolese and some Kenyans and other foreigners, as well as organisations based in Kenya, have extended assistance of one form or another,” Mbabazi said. He did not name the organisations or individuals involved.
The group, he added, had coordination lines with elements in the UK and US, and had been holding meetings in Nairobi to re-launch a new phase of recruitment in Northern Uganda.
“Financial and other material support came mainly from Ugandans living abroad who coordinated and financed LRA but were sidelined by Joseph Kony during the Juba peace talks. They have since been trying to form another armed group,” Mbabazi said.
He said some of the people coordinating the activities of the group, such as Alex Okot and Komakech Ali, were arrested and detained in Luzira in 2006 as members of the LRA, but were later granted amnesty.
“Some key leaders are still on the run but their time is running out and the law will soon catch up with them,” he said.
The group, he added, was preparing to start ambushes on Kampala-Karuma road and attacks on military units in areas around Murchison National Park.
He said that intelligence first received information in September 2008 about new recruitments in areas of Bweyale, Kigumba and Kiryadongo in Masindi district to be sent for training in a camp that had been established in Murchison Park.
When security forces conducted operations in the areas, they netted 15 suspects, out of whom 6 were charged in a Masindi court with treason and misprison of treason.
He named the six as Odaga Owonga, Ochama James, Owundo Charles, Jama John, Okoko Oburu and Odokogwok Salim.