Police arrest soldiers over threats against Luwero NRM chairman


Luwero, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Luwero police are holding two Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers who have been accused of threatening to assassinate Ronald Ndawula, the president of the National District Resistance Movement (NRM).

The soldiers, allegedly attached to the Ruhengyere Army Barracks, were detained at the Luwero Town Council Pension House and later transferred to the Luwero Central Police Station. A suspect has been identified as Private Moses Omita.

Omita, who hails from Luwero district, allegedly called Ndawula several times to inform him that he and others had been hired to assassinate him. Omita then demanded an unspecified amount of money from Ndawula to abandon the mission and spare his life.

In response, Ndawula sent the alleged killers Sh220,000 as fuel money and agreed to meet them at Pension House to discuss details of the plot and payment. Before the meeting, Ndawula reported the matter to Luwero Central Police Station. Police officers were deployed and arrested the UPDF soldiers upon their arrival at the building.

Ndawula suspects that the plot was an attempt to extort him and not an actual murder plot.

Savannah Regional Police spokesperson Sam Twineamazima confirmed the arrest of the UPDF soldiers but declined to provide further details. He indicated that the suspects were handed over to the Bombo Military Barracks for further investigation.

The spokesperson for the Bombo Military Barracks was not available for comment. Criminal activities involving UPDF soldiers are unprecedented. In April this year, a Special Forces Command officer, Julius Ecee, attached to the Field Artillery Regiment in Nakaseke District, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and received an additional 40-year sentence for aggravated robbery.