Uganda: Museveni Admits Intelligence Lapses to Blame for ADF Attack On Kasese School

President Museveni has said that intelligence lapses are partly to blame for the attack by ADF rebels on Lhubiriha Secondary School in Kasese last month.

“Therefore, the residual problem of ADF is an intelligence problem to locate where the remnants are and what they are planning. Attacks like the one of Nyabugaando, are on account of the relaxation in the area by the security forces because the area had been peaceful for a long time,” Museveni said.

The president was addressing the country on the current security situation.

In last month’s attack on a secondary school in Kasese, the ADF rebels came at night and killed the security guard before descending on the boys’ and girls’ dormitories setting them on fire and cutting of the occupants.

In total, over 40 students had been killed while a small number was captured and forced to carry the posho and beans the rebels had looted from the school store.

In his address, on Thursday evening, the president noted that the ADF was defeated long ago and because of this, they cannot enter the country in large groups as they used to do and that they can no longer attack army or police barracks but rather go out for soft targets like it was during the Kasese attack.

He however said this state of affairs has led to relaxation of security and this led to last month’s attack.

“We already have good capacity in this area, that we have used to degrade the ADF from a military force to a mere band of terrorists only looking for soft targets (unarmed people) to kill. Why not a detachment of the Army? Why not attack a police station? Why not ambush troops on the move if you are a fighter? They no longer have capacity to do that. Why? We degraded them. We need to, therefore, feel some gaps in intelligence collection and that will be the end of ADF both in Congo and Uganda.”

He cited a botched attack by ADF in Ntoroko last year when 51 rebel fighters entered the country but locals noticed them and alerted the UPDF which gave them a bloody nose.

“However, the wanaichi saw them, quickly informed the army, the army responded quickly and 26 were killed, 25 were captured, 37guns plus 7 IEDs were captured.”

Museveni however, noted that there needs to be alertness by security agencies referring to an executive order requiring 18 police officers per sub-county, some with motorcycles to help respond to distress calls.