A military-intelligence led security crackdown on suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is underway in East as the armed forces move to pre-empt possible attacks in the country.
As of Friday morning, about 57 suspected collaborators of ADF had been arrested in the joint operation that covered Mayuge district, Namayingo and Lugala landing site on the shores of Lake Victoria in Eastern Uganda.
Contacted, Defence spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said he would crosscheck for information about this development.
Insiders told ChimpReports that the crackdown is part of mop-up operation being conducted on the direct orders of President Museveni who is the commander-in-chief.
The President was reportedly informed that ADF, which has in recent years exhibited unprecedented abilities to attack armies in a conventional way, planned to attack Uganda from Western Uganda.
ADF is said to be supported by elements in the region.
Having assembled heavy military equipment and Special Forces crack units along the Albertine flank in 2017, the Ugandan armed forces hope to obtain more information from suspected internal collaborators.
The suspected militants are expected to be questioned by military intelligence investigators at the CMI headquarters in Mbuya this week.
“The operations are geared at crushing terrorist cells affiliated to the now incarcerated ADF leader Jamil Mukulu,” said a reliable official who preferred anonymity to speak freely.
“On Wednesday night, up to 57 Suspects had been arrested.”
Despite being held at Luzira Prison on charges of murder, treason and terrorism, Mukulu is said to still be issuing operational orders to his followers through emissaries who visit him at the prison.
Despite the operation being highly covert in nature, operatives encountered resistance from some suspects who were armed at the time of arrest.
One of the suspects, also an area chairman of Lugala landing site, was reportedly armed with a PK machine gun which he unsuccessfully used to resist arrest.
At the time of arrest, intelligence officials said some suspects confessed to have been recruited by collaborators of Jamil Mukulu.
“Many confessed to have been trained in Somalia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo by Jamil Mukulu,” said the source
It is said that most of the suspects arrested have been disguising as Boda Boda riders, butcher men and Shieks of the Salaaf Muslim sect.
Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania and later extradited to Uganda where he is currently facing several charges.
President Museveni recently accused ADF of assassinating Senior State Attorney Joan Kagezi.
The International Crimes Division of the High Court early this year formally read charges to the jailed terrorist leader.
Mukulu is jointly charged with 37 others facing 20 counts including terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and belonging to a terrorism group-ADF.