Army Put on High Alert in Bulambuli

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Security has been tightened in Bulambuli district following last week’s tribal clashes between the Bagisu and the Sabiny.

Security has been tightened in Bulambuli district following last week’s tribal clashes between the Bagisu and the Sabiny.

A group of armed Sabiny tribesmen last week crossed into Bulambuli district and clashed with the Bagisu with each side claiming ownership of a piece of land located in Bihonge Sub-county.

One person was killed and three others severely injured in the clash that lasted for more than four hours before the army and the police intervened.

Following the clashes, security has been tightened in both Bulambuli and Kapchorwa districts. Namoto Nabende, the Bulambuli Resident District Commissioner says a combined force of Uganda People’s Defense Forces, the police field force unit and the anti-stock theft unit have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

Nabende says the forces commanded by Lt. Col. Frances Chemo and Paul Nkore, the Eastern Uganda Police Commander has been put on high alert to prevent any clashes from re-occurring.

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Nabende says local leaders from Bulambuli and Kapchorwa have resolved that Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek visits the area as soon as possible and releases findings of the commission that investigated land wrangles in Bulambuli.

Government had in 2009 appointed a commission headed by the former deputy inspector general of police, Julius Odwe, to investigate land wrangles in Bulambuli. But the findings of the commission have never been made public.

The delay in the release of the report partly led off last week’s clashes as the Sabiny attempted to forcefully occupy the land that they claim belongs to them. The contested land which is close to two square miles belongs to people who were displaced in the 1980s by the Karamojong cattle rustlers.