Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe – Four Ugandans were on Thursday paraded by Uganda’s Intelligence agency, the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and confessed to the bombings that rocked Kampala last month. They included Mr.Isa Ahmed Luyima, Hassan Luyima, Edris Nsubuga and Mohammed Mugisha. The group’s coordinator, Isa Luyima revealed that he had connections to the Al-Shabab militia which trained him for four months in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2009.The Al-Shabab militia which operates in Somalia against the interim Somali government under President Ahmed Sharif is accused by the Ugandan government for sponsoring terror attacks to two of the country’s restaurants on July 11 killing over 80 people including foreigners. The attacks occurred as revellers who thronged Kyadondo Rugby grounds and the Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala both suburbs of the country’s capital Kampala were watching the FIFA World Cup final games between Netherlands and Spain. The paraded suspects put up a moment of remorse before journalists in Kampala. “I am sorry. My rage was with Americans with whom I deemed responsible for the suffering of Moslems. They planted the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to stop the formation of an Islamic state and that explains why one of the targets was the Ethiopian restaurant. It had whites”, a Kampala daily paper, the Daily Monitor quoted Isa Luyima who revealed that he also persuaded his younger sibling, Hassan Luyima to join the militia for this cause.
The other suspect,Edris Nusbuga,a student at Makerere University also apologised for his terror actions that saw innocent lives perish and others left with injuries and admitted that he was an “evil man” before he broke down to uncontrolled tears. All the suspects admitted to blowing up the two city entertainment centres with the fourth suspect Mohammed Mugisha revealing that the group mobilised for explosives, funds and accommodation for their activities in Uganda. The suspects were whisked away to custody as investigations continue. Earlier on, after the bomb attacks, the Police released re-constructed photos of two suspected suicide bombers who died in these attacks. Three Kenyans were earlier this month held by the Police to explain their suspected involvement in these attacks after it emerged that they were connected the militia in Somalia. The Al-Shabab insurgents who took on the responsibility of the attacks have threatened to carry out similar attacks on the country if her troops continue to occupy Somalia.Meanwhile, the Ugandan government seems undaunted by the perceived might of the Somali militia and has promised to beef up deployment of her troops to the war-torn Somalia in efforts to bring lasting peace to this part of Africa, the Horn of Africa that has been plunged into a civil war since 1991.The war intensified in 2004 after the formation of the Transitional Federal Government. By the event of the bomb attacks in Uganda, Ugandan forces in Somalia had been joined by the Burundian forces as part of the African Union mandate to maintain peace on the continent. Other countries like Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria also promised to send troops to Somalia but have not honoured their pledge.