IGP Kayihura Summons Security Meeting Over Rwenzori Region Attacks

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Kayihura who arrived in Fortportal this morning will meet all members of the district security committees in Western Uganda and discuss with them measures of scaling up security against the armed gangs that have crept up on the region.

The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has summoned an emergency security meeting in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, following attacks in the Western Region.

Kayihura, who arrived in Fort Portal this morning, will meet all members of the district security committees in Western Uganda and discuss with them security measures to take against the armed gangs that have launched several attacks in the region.

On Saturday evening, a gang of armed youths attacked Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts killing up to 41 people in the region. They were repulsed after killing two UPDF officers and the Officer In charge of Bundibugyo police station, Wilson Tugume.

Police spokesperson Enanga confirmed to URN that the security meeting will take place in Fort Portal together with all district security committee members of the Western district and army officers.

A district security committee is made up of RDC’s, CAO’s, and Commanders of UPDF reserve forces of the region, District Internal Security Officers and the district prison’s commanders.

It is not yet clear who the attackers are or their intent but army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda told the press that the attacks were ssparked by tribal conflicts.

URN has also learnt from sources that a police council meeting was summoned yesterday during which police commanders came up with new guidelines on handling of weapons.

Among the guidelines, a copy of which URN has seen, the police officers on night patrol are not allowed to handle firearms and or patrol individually. All officers must be in the company of two other officers.

Guns and ammunition are to only be given out at 6pm and not any time after that. Officers who will not obey the guidelines will be arrested.  

The tense security situation follows a terror alert issued on Thursday of a possible attack against Entebbe Airport and other installations of security in the country.

Paddy Ankunda spoke to URN on phone about the attacks and said the army had arrested some attackers who are ‘volunteering information’ on the leader and funder of the attacks.

He also ruled out armed rebellion as the cause of the attacks.

The army has also arrested the deputy prime minister of Rwenzururu Kingdom Jeremiah Mutooro in connection with the investigations on the attacks.


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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.