Crime & Investigation

Entebbe Garrison Commander, Col Opito, ‘Released Without Charge’

The Entebbe Garrison Commander, link Col. Dan Opito Odwee who was among the dozens arrested for reportedly plotting a coup d’état has been released without charge.

ChimpReports on June 12 broke the news of the quiet arrest of Col Opito from his office in Entebbe.

The officer was released on Tuesday afternoon from Makindye military barracks where he had spent 25 days under very strict surveillance and minimal contacts with even his family members.

According to sources in the security, this web there was no concrete evidence found linking Col. Opito to the alleged subversive activities he was arrested for.

The security was literally stranded with him for a week and a final decision was made over weekend for his release and subsequently effected on Tuesday.

“There was nothing found wanting. It was mountains of allegations but zero evidence. He had to be released, ” a source in security says.

Opito, who was arrested together with 25 other army officers, was allegedly approached by subversive elements aiming at toppling the government through unconstitutional means.

ChimpReports understands a captain in charge of army headquarters Bombo armory was among the suspects.


The coup threat and arrest of army officers was coincidentally followed by a daring attack on Gulu Central Police Station.

Heavily armed assailants using four vehicles attacked the security installation that was being manned by both police and UPDF.

The attackers almost overran the barracks had it not been for the quick reinforcement from the 4th Division headquarters.

A UPDF officer and a police commander were killed in the attack. Several arrests were made in Gulu a day later.

The Gulu attack was however not linked by the security to the alleged coup plot.

ChimpReports however understands that UPDF 4th Division Gulu, Bombo army headquarters, Makindye military barracks and ministry of defense headquarters Mbuya were the four main targets of coup plotters.

The opposition party Forum for Democratic Change Member of Parliament, Michael Kabaziguruka was among the 4 civilians picked in the coup saga.

He was charged at the army’s Court Martial with treason.

The former FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye who is locked at Luzira Maximum Prisons is also facing the same charge.

Efforts to get comments on the release of Opito from the army Spokesman Col. Paddy Ankunda were futile as he did not pick our repeated phone calls.

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