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Jinja Police Detain Suspected ADF Rebel

Jinja Police Detain Suspected ADF Rebel

Police in the Kiira region have arrested a suspected Allied Democratic Force-ADF rebel Lavara Nyanza. Nyanza, a Congolese national is currently detained at Jinja central police station.

He was arrested on Tuesday following a tip-off from residents. During the arrest, security personnel say they recovered two bullets. They also got several documents indicating the schools, government installations, and other facilities of their planned attacks.

According to police, Nyanza was recruited into the ADF at the age of five years. He served in different units before being elevated to the position of chief cook for the front-line combatants, for the past 20 years.

The suspect also says that his commanders whom he declined to name deployed him and two others on a spying mission in Uganda for the past three years.  He says that they later settled in Kasese district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Later, they relocated to Mbarara City, Mukono district, before moving to Jinja City. This is where they were planning terror activities. He said they had planned an attack in Jinja City during the festive season and then proceeded to Busia.

One of the residents who preferred anonymity said that Nyanza pretended to be a lunatic. He was arrested while taking pictures of different buildings along Iganga Road, Southern Division, in Jinja City. He was also found in possession of an unspecified amount of money and a mobile phone.

The LCI Chairperson, Paul Batambuze said that the area is congested with dozens of roadside food vendors, bars, and lodges. This gives room for wrong elements to live within the community undetected.

On Tuesday, the Police and the ADF rebel revisited the different areas along Iganga Road. This is where he pitched camp for one week pretending to be a beggar.

The Kiira regional police spokesperson, James Mubi confirms the arrest of Nyanza but declined to divulge details. He said that a detailed press release will be availed after thorough investigations by police and UPDF.

On Monday, the police released photographs of three wanted terror suspects including Lavara. The other two are Ismail Mutegule and Abdallah Kala.

This was after two blasts went off simultaneously at around 9 pm at Kikubamutwe in Kabalagala and another in Nabweru in Nansana Municipality on Saturday.

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