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Man caught recruiting rebels

03 October 2014, 09:22 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police on Thursday arrested a man found recruiting youths to join Allied Democratic Front (ADF), a rebel outfit which has been disturbing peace in Uganda for over a decade.

The arrested man revealed that a good number of young men have of recent been recruited.

According to police, the man identified as Twaha Nadduli was arrested in the act from Namayingo district which borders with Kenya on Uganda's eastern border.

Namayingo district Criminal Investigation Department boss, Samuel Muwanika said that Nadduli was arrested after a tip from some of the youths he was enticing to join the rebel group.

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''We laid a trap and arrested him while meeting some youths he wanted to recruit,'' said Muwanika.

A security officer in Namayingo, Bruce Onyango said that Namayingo and neighboring districts of Bugiri and Mayuge are fertile grounds for recruitment of ADF rebels.

''For over several years, many youths from the three districts have been recruited and taken to Democratic Republic of Congo where the rebels have a base. Many have been killed by both Ugandan troops and Democratic republic of Congo forces.''

He warned youths against engaging in rebels' activities because they will die for nothing. He said that Nadduli confessed that he had for a long time been recruiting youths into rebels activities.

ADF rebels first attacked western Uganda in early 1990's.  They killed hundreds of civilians before being overpowered by government troops and fleeing to jungles in Democratic republic of Congo. Sometime back, UN troops and Democratic republic of Congo troops attacked their bases and they dispersed into small groups.

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