The Allied Democratic Force (ADF) was defeated in Uganda, Security minister Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi has said.
“They still have their base in DRC. They regroup, retrain, and then attack,” Muhwezi said Thursday night while appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme.
“We heard about IS claiming the Komamboga attack, but we know the ADF based on information,” he added.
Muhwezi said they have always known that the ADF wanted to attack.
“The warning from the UK didn’t specify. I can’t blame the security because we have always been on the alert.”
He said now the level of security has gone up.
“We are saying it is ADF and limiting it to domestic because when people are arrested, they talk.”
He said this is a war that all peace-loving Ugandans can fight and that is why the President has thanked some opposition who have rejected terrorism.
“I am aware the IS is here. But I am saying it is the ADF behind the attack, according to the available information.”
“The rights of the accused are important, but how about the rights of the dead or their family? When people see such a person walking on the streets, they can’t understand.”
He informed Ugandans that this is not the first time the country has faced terrorism.
“We are going to defeat it. Together we shall defeat terrorism. The youth should not be misled to participate in terrorist activities.”
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) Matthias Mpuuga who was present on the show, said the question of the day would be, “Has this time around security made the right diagnosis of what the issue is, or it is still a gamble?”
The information that security feeds the public must be reassuring and conclusive, not tainted with any political banter, he noted.
“If you do that, you lose the trust of the public. The position should be, we are dealing with a national threat but not a threat to regime survival.”
He said the whole idea of curfew is selectively enforced.
“Chairman Norbert Mao can tell you that in Gulu, people are going on with life, yet in Masaka, people are beaten from 6:00 pm.”
“Is your argument for locking up the country still sustainable? The President keeps changing goalposts. What is the problem? In Masaka, people are looking for vaccines. Can the people be told where to find the vaccine?”
He went on: “For the first time, I have seen Gen. Museveni saying the debate is healthy. He is not the kind that likes debate.”
According to Mpuuga, the same situation happened during the age limit debate.
The people told MPs not to touch, but when someone touched the wallet, they touched.