Unknown people have circulated a letter threatening to kill the Minister of Energy Irene Muloni and other top government officials for allegedly swindling public money.
The message by a group which calls itself M40 Battalion says that they will kill the minister, officials of Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Energy and Makerere University Council members among others.
Also mentioned in the letter are officials from the national environment watchdog — NEMA, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), UMEME, Uganda electricity distribution and generation companies, and the National Planning Authority.
M40 Battalion spread the threat through social media on Tuesday. According to the letter addressed to Whom It May Concern, the suspected criminals say they shall kill whoever shall come across within their target bracket.
“We shall use all the possible methods available to kill and this time our main targets are the government thieves most especially in the government ministries and government corporations as listed below,” reads the message in part.
The police spokesperson Asan Kasingye told this publication that police has already began investigating the message.
“This is just like all the other threatening messages that have been going around. Like the Inspector General of Police said, they are meant to create fear in the people. We are handling the matter,” Kasingye said to this publication in a telephone interview.
We has learnt that IGP Kale Kayihura has ordered all units to keep alert and monitor all officials from the named ministries and entities.
The head of security at Makerere University, Jackson Mucunguzi, has already issued an official communication to the Makerere University Council calling for calm.
“I hereby inform you that joint Security Operations as per IGP Kayihura’s communication to the country is closely monitoring the said groups and we have equally intensified both uniform and plain-clothed security personnel to calm the situation,” reads Mucunguzi’s letter.
The police Cyber Crimes Unit has already started investigations to establish the phone or computer that was used to upload the picture on social media.
Many threatening letters have been dropped in different villages in Kampala, Wakiso, Greater Masaka region and Mbarara but this is the first to be circulated on social media and to target a specific group of people.
Kayihura on Monday attributed some of the threatening letters to actors in the opposition.
“We have intelligence information that the opposition is behind some of these letters but we are still investigating it. Even when you look at the kind of messages on these letters you can sense it,” Kayihura said.
More than 150 suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the ongoing threats and attacks.
The arrested suspects include Charles Bukenya aka BK who is believed to be behind the attacks and threats.
On March 17th, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down near his home in Kulambiro, Kampala. Kaweesi, who was killed together with his driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau, had received threatening messages days earlier, according to the police.