Police Unaware of Masaka Rebel Recruitment

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Brigadier General Joseph Ssemwanga, the commandant of the Armored Brigade headquarters, says they have dispatched officers on ground to study the situation, adding that they will soon share briefs with the respective Resident District Commissioner to determine their next course of action.

Police and the youth leaders in Masaka have denied knowledge of the alleged rebel recruitment in the region. During their end of year party, Brigadier General Joseph Ssemwanga, the commandant of the Armored Brigade headquarters at Kissijjagirwa UPDF barracks in Masaka district warned about rebel recruitment in the Masaka sub region.

In his speech, Ssemwanga claimed that they had obtained intelligence reports about some people recruiting youths into subversive activities that have led some into combat with government forces as far as the Democratic Republic of Congo.



However, Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander, says they have not received information about the alleged rebel recruitment or shared such information with UPDF. According to Ogwal, the region is not under threat of subversive activities.



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Vincentious Birimuye, the Lwengo District National Resistance Movement Chairperson also refutes claims of the alleged rebel recruitments, describing it as baseless talk by security operatives.



Birimuye, who also doubles as the Regional Secretary General of Youth for National Salvation-YONASA, pressure group that claims to fight corruption and irresponsible governance, accuses security of targeting their members for fighting corrupt leaders.
 
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Faizol Sseruwangi, the Kimanya-Kyabakuza division NRM youth chairperson has cautioned security against accepting false intelligence reports from corrupt officers.


Joseph Ssenzoga, the Masaka Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party Secretary General, says the only recruitments he knows about are for new FDC party members aimed at strengthening party structures.



He challenged UPDF to substantiate the claims of rebel recruitment.



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Brigadier General Joseph Ssemwanga, the commandant of the Armored Brigade headquarters, says they have dispatched officers on ground to study the situation, adding that they will soon share briefs with the respective Resident District Commissioner to determine their next course of action.
  

Joe Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, says they can't downplay such reports from the army.