In the wake of the Komamboga bomb attack last Saturday that left one dead and 3 injured, and subsequent explosion on Swift Bus two days later that killed a suicide bomber identified as Isaac Matovu alias Muzafala, President Museveni has said that neither rural based insurgency nor urban terrorism will defy the capacity of Uganda’s security.
Uganda is on very high alert following the two bombs blasts a few days ago.
Museveni, in a televised address to the nation on Thursday night, encouraged Ugandans not to be intimidated, noting that criminals always leave clues, and can easily be tracked and killed.
“Why Ugandans should not be intimidated by criminals; there is no way somebody can commit a crime, and not leave clues behind. It is impossible. They always leave clues. So, when you arrest some, you are sure to get all the others,” he said.
He added that by arresting the original group in the assassination attempt on Gen Katumba Wamala led to the arrest of others.
“Since the attack in Gen Katumba, six ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) operatives have been killed, and 36 suspects have been arrested,” he said.
Those killed are Nsubuga Hamidu, Lubwama Hussein aka master, Juma Saidi, Mustafa Kawawa, Serrwada Juma and Isaac Matovu, the Swift Bus suicide bomber.
“All these are from the same group, the one which attacked Katumba, and went to Pader to blow up the funeral of [Lt Gen Paul] Lokech. So, six of them are now dead, and 36 are arrested, and we are continuing because there are others still not arrested.”
Museveni also said that the recent Masaka killings were another line of criminals, but added that with the vigilance of the locals, suspects were arrested, and are now in Court.
“I would therefore like to assure the public that neither rural based insurgency nor urban terrorism will defy our capacity,” said Museveni.
BAIL FOR CAPITAL OFFENDERS
Museveni reiterated his continuous effort to amend the law to deny bail to capital offenders.
He vowed to fight on, and make sure the law on bail for capital offenders is amended.
“The only issue to deal with is the matter of bail. We the freedom fighters have never supported the issue of bail for murderers, rapists and defilers of the under age. The present debate is good because it shows who is who, and we are not going to relent until this shameful betrayal by the elements of neo colonial elite of the masses is defeated,” he said.
The debate on the matter has received a lot of criticism from both members of the ruling NRM party and the opposition.
Meanwhile, Museveni added that thefts should also not be assisted by bail, noting that anti poverty campaigns will not succeed, and mob justice will increase.