Security Agencies Fight over Suspected UPDF Armed Robbers

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Security agencies in Kalungu fall out over participation of army officers in violent robberies in Lukaya town.

Security agencies in Lukaya town, Kalungu district have fallen out over the arrest and prosecution of UPDF soldiers accused of participating in a mass armed robbery attack on Tuesday night.

Yesterday the police arrested one UPDF soldier, Patrick Edema, in connection with the robbery and shootout. Rose Namutebi, a prison warder who was assaulted in the robbery, identified edema.

Edema was held at the Bulakati army detach to file a statement, but unhappy with this course of action, about 300 residents of Lukaya town staged a demonstration demanding for justice. The public outcry attracted the attention of the Kalungu District Police Commander Rehema Samanya and officials from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and the UPDF Armored Brigade in Masaka who rushed to the scene.
Just as the police brought the situation under control, another group of intelligence officers arrived at the scene. The new group ordered the ordered the police and army to stand aside and instructed the victims of the robbery to identify the suspects.
This interference didn’t go down well with the UPDF soldiers led by Kenneth Mushambo and Captain Frank Mukula, the intelligence officer at Masaka Armored Brigade. The army officers arrested Simon Kyomuhendo, the leader of the group from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
Kyomuhendo was stripped of his shirt, shoes and phone, but after 15 minutes, he was released on the orders of General Elly Tumwiine.
Speaking after his release, Kyomuhendo accused the army of torturing him, yet he had arrived in Lukaya in peace.
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Further conflict between the security groups when the District Police Commander was prevented from taking the robbery suspect to a civil court.  In the end, she was left with no choice but to storm out of Bulakati army detach in anger.
James Jjuuko, spokesperson of the Masaka Armored Brigade, says the matter is being resolved internally.  He says the suspect, Patrick Edema, will face a military court tribunal and justice will be swift.
The army held a security meeting over the matter late in the afternoon, but the media was blocked from observing it.