Police have detained Muhammad Kayemba with suspected bomb-making components on 12th January 2023, following a tip from locals.
Kayemba, popularly known as MK is a resident of Makindye Division, Kigaga Zone.
According to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, the intelligence team had been briefed that Kayemba was assigned to target convoys of government and security officials.
“He has told our team that if he failed to hit the convoys of government and security officials, the second option was to detonate the bomb in traffic jam,” said Onyango.
Onyango said that security relied on the intelligence provided by locals who were suspicious about his ever-closed room. Locals claimed that they had never seen him bring anything during day time but often came with items at the wee hours of the night.
He explained that during the raid on his rented one room, security agencies allegedly found the room almost full of explosive making components and there were no basic household items.
“There were several bags of falcon and lead nitrates which are used in the making of explosives. And other items included a submachine gun, 88 bullets for an AK-47 rifle and 88 bullets for various types of Pistols,” Onyango stated.
According to the ASP attached to violent crime agency, Kayemba was recruited, trained and assigned to be a suicide bomber by unknown persons.
“We are now looking for people who have been helping him to bring these bomb-making materials to his house,” he said.
Kayemba was transferred to the former offices of the Special Investigations Unit which is currently run by Crime Intelligence and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
Security authorities have detained more than 10 suspected terrorists since December last year, including children between the ages of 12 and 14. All of them were connected to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).