UPDF deploys to Bundibugyo, takes over Rwenzori


The national forces [UPDF] have heavily deployed in Bundibugyo district following clashes between civilians and security forces.

UPDF on Wednesday launched a two months operation dubbed Operation Usalama Rwenzori to hunt individuals who killed three soldiers who were watching football last week.

Meanwhile, the police also shot one person and arrested another in Katumba parish, Kirumya sub-county at the start of April over recent intertribal attacks.

Major Ronald Kakurungu, the UPDF 2nd Division Spokesperson, says the army has deployed in the Rwenzori mountains to prevent further bloodshed.

The deployment kicked off in Bughendera County under the supervision of Brigadier Peter Elwelu, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander, police and local leaders.

The army says it has intelligence that some people from the mountains are planning to attack those in lowlands.

In last month’s clashes alone, 31 people were killed and property worth millions of cash lost.

The army will also deploy soldiers in Ntontoro and Bubandi sub counties where they will urge residents to return to their homes.

UPDF last heavily deployed in the Rwenzoris during the 1998 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) insurgency.

The late Major General James Kazini commanded the Alpine Brigade that flushed ADF rebels out of Kasese and Bundibugyo districts.

The current deployment also follows President Yoweri Museveni’s planned visit to Kasese to meet Bamba and Bakonzo cultural leaders.


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