Uganda, Tanzania in deadlock over repatriation of rebel leader


The Uganda Police Force has hit a deadlock in its negotiations with the Tanzanian authorities for the possible repatriation of Jamil Mukulu, the head of the rebel Allied Democratic Front (ADF) who is said to be in Tanzania.
Last week, the police dispatched a team of officers led by the Director of Counter Terrorism, John Ndugutse, to help identify the suspect following a telephone communication between the Ugandan Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, and his Tanzanian counterpart. However, the officers were denied access to the suspect.

A highly placed police source said that both IGP Ndugutse and the Chief of Defense Forces, General Katumba Wamala, were briefed on the findings made by the team Monday.

According to the source, the team told the IGP and CDF that Tanzania had confirmed to them that the suspect who was found in possession of a Ugandan and Tanzanian passports is indeed Jamil Mukulu.

Tanzania however denied the Ugandan officials access to the suspect on grounds that he will be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ugandan police spokesperson Fred Enanga says the team is still negotiating and once they gain access and permission they will be repatriating the suspect.