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Secrets behind killings, rebel group exposed

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    The treason charges preferred against 11 men from northern Uganda, including a journalist, Patrick Otim, have been linked to a plot by some elements of the ruling NRM to scare Ugandans in the Diaspora away from home and scuttle their plans to mobilise against President Museveni in the run up to the 2011 elections.

    Also linked to this grand plan is the recent string of killings in Kampala –targeting opposition figures and the dumping of a body at the residence of FDC president, Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye in Kasangati, near Kampala. It is understood that President Museveni’s recent campaign to refuse bail for treason suspects, among others, is part of the ruling party’s plan to keep political opponents at bay.

    This plan, security and political sources say, is being orchestrated by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) at Kitante and the Kololo-based Joint Anti Terrorism Secrets Taskforce (JATT) . The killings are intended to scare away the activists who are reported to be engaged in preparatory meetings across continents ahead of their planned return. Should these elements in the Diaspora ignore the reported killings, then they would be linked to the new shadowy rebel group; the Popular Patriotic Front (PPF), arrested and charged with treason. Top among those targeted is former UN Under Secretary, Olara Otunnu, who recently held a consultative meeting with about 40 UPC politicians in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Otunnu comes from Acholi, part of the greater north that has traditionally voted against the President but is being viewed by the ruling party as its bedrock for 2011. A fairly respected figure in the north and across Uganda, especially among the elite, Otunnu is one of many Ugandans in the Diaspora who have been consulting and have decided to return home to take on President Museveni who will be seeking to extend his rule to 30 years