How Army Officers Were Arrested For Plotting Coup

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A reliable source in the Uganda Peoples Defence Force UPDF told URN that Oyala was interrogated for more than 13 hours before he revealed a plan that was in place to attack security installations including police Stations, Military detaches and Baracks. Among the names he mentioned is Nakawa Member of Parliament Micheal Kabazinguruka and the Entebbe Airbase gallison commander Col Dan Opita Ondwee and more than 35 other soldiers. Some police officers have also been arrested.

For the past one week, there has been heightened tension in military circles with fears of arrest among military personnel, police officers and civilians over accusations of a coup plot. Talk of a coup plot started featuring in the media following arrests in Kyengera, Bombo and Makindye barracks.

It all started on Tuesday last week after a UPDF veteran went to the Police headquarters in Naguru and informed the Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura how a group of 32 veterans had been taken to Kyengera in Wakiso District by people promising to get them jobs in Somalia.

Immediately after receiving the information, police embarked on an operation to round up the veterans.  However, only four veterans were arrested as the rest fled into hiding and are still at large. During interrogations, it emerged that the veterans had been recruited and transported from their destinations by a one Captain Oyala, a member of the Land forces.

Captain Oyala was arrested on Thursday last week and handed over to Internal Security Organization (ISO) and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for interrogation. A source in the army, says in his interrogation that lasted for more than 13 hours, Onyala disclosed a plan to attack security installations including police Stations, Military detaches and Barracks. 

Among the names he mentioned is Nakawa Member of Parliament, Michael Kabaziguruka and the Commandant of the Entebbe Airbase Garrison Colonel Dan Opita Odwee. According to Kayihura, they picked up some of the mentioned people to help substantiate the alleged coup plot.
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There have been more than five attacks on military detaches and police stations in different parts of the country over the last six months. The army and Police have so far recovered all the guns stolen from the two Kapchorwa detaches, which were used to raid the central Police Station there and those stolen from Opit Military Barracks.
Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson says, they are still investigating and interrogating the suspects to establish a possible link between the attacks on military detaches and the foiled plan.

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Dear Jeanne
Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.