By Juma Nsubuga
The Minister of Defence Dr Crispus Kiyonga has dismissed reports of rebel activities in the country and re-assured the public that the military is ready to deal with any criminal elements that want to destabilise the country.
Dr Kiyonga made the remarks in Parliament following incidences of insecurity that have seen unknown gunmen attack Mbuya military barracks and a UPDF soldier kill 10 people in Bombo.
“I want to re-assure the country about the integrity of the country’s defence and security systems”, he emphasised.
The minister also apologised for the incident in Bombo and offered condolences to the families of the deceased people.
“On behalf of the UPDF, in particular and generally on behalf of Government, I say sorry for the sad and uncalled for event that led to the shooting of 10 people and injuring of two others”, Kiyonga said.
On the attack on Mbuya Military Barracks, Dr Kiyonga informed Parliament that an army deserter Lt Augustine Moro had fabricated a story that there were rebels planning attacks in Kampala and had requested for money to help in the arrest of the people allegedly involved.
“In order to give cover to his lie, he organised some people to launch an attack on Mbuya. He organised a group of people who have been apprehended and are being prosecuted”, the minister said.
Terego County MP hon. Kassiano Wadri wondered why the army was dealing with an army deserter for information about an alleged rebel outfit that was planning attacks on Kampala.
Luwero Woman MP, hon. Brenda Nabukenya called for strict guidelines and strict housing policies for the army officers to be enclosed within the barracks.
“If these people were housed in the barracks, these incidents would not have been seen, she reiterated.
Butambala district MP hon. Mariam Nalubega wondered why non-combat people are in possession of army uniforms and called on the civilians to return them to the authorities.
“Why are they holding army uniforms? What service do they offer to the country in terms of security”, she wondered.
These incidences of insecurity have raised anxiety among the public prompting legislators to ask government for re-assurance about the safety of persons and property.