Two Suspected ADF Rebels Arrested in Rwenzori West, Kampala


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Police in Rwenzori West and Kitagwenda have arrested Matsiko Farouk, a 27-year-old suspected Allied Defence Forces (ADF) rebel.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, said that the suspect used to be a resident of Kafunda Cell, Ibanda Municipality.

According to Enanga Matsiko, he later shifted to Nyanga cell, Mahyoro subcounty in Katagwenda district, for casual work, where the community suspected him of being a shady person.

“The community alerted the police, and the suspect was arrested,” Enanga said.

“Upon arrest, he admitted that he was allegedly kidnapped together with five others in 2015 by the ADF at River Nyamwamba in Kasese and taken to the Kilembe Highlands of Mt. Rwenzori, where they crossed into the DRC, and trained as intelligence officers,” Enanga added.

He said that the suspect is well versed in the areas of Bundibugyo, Bwera, Luwero, and Najjanankumbi and claims he escaped from Califonia ADF Camp and returned to his home village at Kafunda Cell, Ibanda District.

Police at Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala also have in custody Komaketch Ransur, commonly known as Kadogo, an 18-year-old and an ADF remnant who was found with live ammunition.

Enanga said that upon arrest, he also admitted that he was recruited into the ADF when he was 7 years old and managed to escape from the ADF camp in Congo and returned to Uganda.

According to the police spokesperson, the police and other Joint Security Agencies continue to actively monitor all spaces for ADF elements and remnants who are in hiding because they still pose a danger to Ugandans and visitors in the country.

Police have urged citizens to be vigilant and report anyone that looks suspect.

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