Ugan­dan rebel leader charged with trea­son

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KAM­PALA — Ugan­dan rebel leader, Jamil Mukulu has been sen­tenced to 14 months at the Luzira high se­cu­rity prison, in Kam­pala after be­ing for­mally charged with trea­son and mur­der, Daily Mon­i­tor re­ports.

After re­mark­ably evad­ing cap­ture for more than a decade, Mukulu was ar­rested last year in Tan­za­nia.

Mukulu is al­leged to be the head of the Mus­lim rebel group, Al­lied Demo­cratic Forces (ADF), be­lieved to have been op­er­at­ing between eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and Uganda since the 1990s.

The Ugan­dan gov­ern­ment ac­cused the ADF of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the killings of Mus­lim cler­ics in 2014, when four cler­ics went miss­ing in Kam­pala after be­ing kid­napped by uniden­ti­fied men.

The trea­son charge against Mukulu also orig­i­nates from claims made by Ugan­dan of­fi­cials that the ADF had planned to over­throw the gov­ern­ment. He is also al­leged to be af­fil­i­ated to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror groups and was put on the UN’s sanc­tion list in 2011 for desta­bil­is­ing the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo.

Jinja Chief Mag­is­trate court sent the ADF leader to Luzira prison after he com­plained of be­ing tor­tured in de­ten­tion and be­ing forced to con­sume things that were against his re­li­gion.

Since his cap­ture in 2015, Mukulu along with his co-ac­cused Mo­hamed Ma­tovu and Omar Ab­dal­lah had been de­tained at Nalufenya Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand Cen­tre in Jinja where they claimed to be sub­jected to tor­ture.

“Nalufenya is not a prison, it is a slaugh­ter house and a pig sty. I am forced to eat pork and drink Waragi. I am also de­tained with rapists and de­filers,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier News24 re­port, Uganda and the DRC agreed on a plan to share se­cu­rity in­tel­li­gence to com­bat rebel groups ac­tive along the coun­tries’ bor­der.

DRC Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila and Uganda Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni made the an­nounce­ment after meet­ing in Uganda to dis­cuss se­cu­rity.

The ADF are be­lieved to have killed at least 500 civil­ians in the Beni re­gion in the DRC’s Kivu province since Oc­to­ber 2014.

“We have de­cided to fight against all forms of re­cruit­ment from Uganda,” Mu­sev­eni said. “We are cur­rently tak­ing steps with se­cu­rity ser­vices so that they can ex­change the needed in­for­ma­tion, but we also recog­nise that there may be re­cruit­ment from Congo.”

Civil un­rest in Uganda has plagued the East African coun­try for decades, stem­ming from the rise in power of Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni, who took the pres­i­dency by force us­ing guerilla war­fare tac­tics in 1986. — Al Jazeera PARIS — Gabon’s pres­i­dent Ali Bongo is ac­cus­ing his chief op­po­nent of bal­lot fraud and a plot to seize power, after Bongo nar­rowly won re-elec­tion in a con­tested vote that sparked deadly clashes.

Elec­tion com­mis­sion re­sults showed Bongo beat chal­lenger Jean Ping in the oil-rich cen­tral African coun­try’s Au­gust 27 pres­i­den­tial vote by 1.57 per­cent­age points. Op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers have claimed fraud, and Ping de­clared him­self the right­ful win­ner.

Bongo lashed back on France’s Europe-1 ra­dio yes­ter­day, say­ing “Ping com­mit­ted fraud” in his home con­stituency and others with the help of “cy­ber­crim­i­nals”. Bongo did not elab­o­rate on al­leged bal­lot anom­alies he said were found.

Ping, also speak­ing to Europe-1, dis­missed the ac­cu­sa­tions and called for in­ter­na­tional help in de­ter­min­ing “the truth”.

In­ter­na­tional pres­sure is grow­ing for trans­parency in the vote re­sults. — AFP

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