Mbuya Barracks Attack: Security Heads To Roll

visit geneva; color: #222222;”>Security sources say President Yoweri Museveni on Monday tasked Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Aronda Nyakairima, ask IGP Lt Gen Kale Kayihura and Special Forces Command (SFC) boss Brig Muhoozi Keinerugaba to investigate the incident with the view of taking “punitive action against this complacency.”

Museveni further directed that a security review of all military installations be reviewed and tightened not to “give a chance to wrong elements to take us back to the trenches.”

According to intelligence, Museveni on Monday morning expressed shock that rebels managed to beat all intelligence networks in the country before finding their way at the barracks.

While the assailants never took charge of the armory, the attack undermined the security apparatus in the country, a reason Museveni is looking at shaking the leadership of intelligence agencies.


Some of the institutions that will see changes in their leadership include Internal Security Organisation (ISO), the counter intelligence agency responsible for providing national security intelligence and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

Military intelligence is a military discipline that exploits a number of information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions.

“Their failure to detect the presence and intrusion of dangerous elements in a military facility is a source of concern, not only their abilities to effectively detect and avert national security threats,” said an impeccable source.

Uganda maintains a military intelligence capability to provide analytical and information collection personnel in both specialist units and from other arms and services.

Museveni is well known for his no-nonsense approach in managing the army institution.

Last year, several air force officers were sacked following UPDF helicopters crash in Mt Kenya. They included Maj Gen Jim Oweyesigire, the UPDF-Airforce commander and his deputy, Brig Moses Rwakitarate.

The attacked military garrison is located just a few metres away from the headquarters of the tightly-guarded CMI and Ministry of Defence.

Army spokesperson, Col Felix Kulayigye, has since downplayed the raid as an “attempt by thugs to wrestle a gun from a guard.”

Several suspected collaborators, including a one Lt Omoro, are being detained at a CMI facility where they are being interrogated.

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