Police Rule out ADF, Terrorism in Rwenzori attacks

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Addressing press at CPS in Kampala on Saturday morning, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the force and the UPDF was positive the attacks were motivated by tribal sentiments.

This is despite of the fact that attackers used guns and raided four police posts, a military barracks and officers guarding a UNRA bridge where they killed one and took off with guns.

Enanga described the attacks as “premeditated and skilfully planned.”

He went on say that the ADF which was flushed out of the area years back, would not covered wider area.


“Besides, the ADF have issues with government as a whole. Their operations would have been broader, covering the entire corridor up to Kibaale: but these attacks were confined in the Rwenzori sub-region,” he said.

21 arrests, Enanga revealed, had so far been carried out by joint police and UPDF forces, and 11 civilians deaths confirmed.

As from where the thugs could have obtained the guns which were used in each of the attacks, Enanga said they were yet to find out.

“We have arrested a good number of them, and they should be able to tell us where they got the guns.

The alleged tribal misunderstands are between Bakonzo and Basongora people.

Bankozo who are believed to be behind the attack accuse the latter and government of conniving to split the Rwezururu kingdom to undermine the authority of the king (Omusinga), by creating more small kingdoms within.

In yesterday’s attacks in Kasese district where Basongora are majority residents, a chairman LC2 was arrested together with his son, having been seen torching people’s houses.

Enanga said that calm has been restored and that meetings were still ongoing between various security, law and order agencies with residents to restore confidence in the Basongora who by yesterday were planning to leave the districts.

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