3 June 2006

Uganda: Army Arrests Suspected ADF Rebels

Kibaale — Security operatives are holding 10 suspected Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebels in Kibaale district, the Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Ali Mutawe, has said.

Mutawe, who is also the chairperson of the district security committee, said on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested from Kacu Forest Reserve in Bwamiramira sub-county, Buyajna County on Monday, following a tip off by intelligence officials and residents.

"They (suspects) could be part of a larger group of rebels, who were attacked and scattered by the UPDF in Bugoma Forest recently," Mutawe said.

The forest covers part of Hoima and Kibaale districts.

"After being badly hit by the UPDF and some of their members killed, they have changed tactics and now move in smaller groups of five to 10 people," Mutawe said.

He said the suspects claim to be coming from Mwitanzige village in Kisiita sub-county of Kibaale district, but lack any supportive documents to justify their claims.

Mutawe said the suspects do not have any identity cards or any relevant travel document and have failed to identify any of the leaders of the area where they claim to come from.

"They are giving contradictory answers on their names, places of origin and what they were doing in the forest," he said.

Mutawe said the suspects are being interrogated by officials from the army and police, but declined to reveal the place where they are currently being detained.

He said soon after the basic interrogations are complete, they will be handed over to higher authorities.

The UPDF soldiers have been pursuing the ADF rebels in various forests in western Uganda.

The rebels were reportedly fleeing from the Democratic Republic of Congo following heavy fighting from the Congolese army and the United Nations peacekeeping troops.

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