Kasese GISOs houses burnt, crime preventers hunted


On the morning of Saturday 13th March 2016, unknown people set ablaze the house of the GISO of Kyabarunga Sub County in Kasenyi village.

They also burnt down houses of eight other persons, who are his relatives.

They further torched a butchery and a drug shop in the same area.

“We have information that criminal gangs are being incited to target GISOs and Crime Preventers and their properties in Kasese District,” IGP Kale Kayihura said in a statement on Sunday.

It should be noted that prior to the 2016 LC III Elections on 9th March 2016, there were widespread threats and intimidation not only in Kasese district, but throughout the sub region against voting for certain candidates.

“We are investigating reports in the case of Hima Town Council that if the elections go in favor of the NRM candidate John Katuura against Independent candidate Tom Wabukombi, there would be bloodshed.”

In fact, it was because of similar reports that there was increased patrols in Hima Town Council, where one of UPDF and police patrols was attacked.

On the night of the Election Day 9th March 2016, supporters of Tom Wabukombi, contrary to electoral laws, declared their candidate the winner, and started celebrating in Hima Town.

The following day, on 10th March, after the final tally of valid votes cast, the electoral commission declared the NRM candidate John Katuura as the winner.

In reaction, Wabukombi’s supporters assembled at his office in Hima Town Council, and subsequently incidents of attacks on security personnel.

Joint UPDF and Police reinforcements have been deployed in all affected areas.

“The people in those areas should therefore not fear, and should go about your normal business,” Kayihura concluded.

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