Luweero Police On High Alert Following Rwenzori Attacks

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Now, Musa Nabende, the Savannah Regional police Commander says they have stepped up security in his area to prevent infiltration by wrong elements.

There is heightened security in Greater Luweero region following the deadly attacks in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts. The attacks have claimed about 72 people including government operatives and left several others injured. Hundreds of people have also been displaced from their homes. 22 guns that were taken by the attackers are still missing.

The motive of the attackers and who they are is still an unknown. Now, Musa Nabende, the Savannah Regional police Commander says they have stepped up security in his area to prevent infiltration by wrong elements. He says some of the attackers from the Rwenzori region could flee to his area to avoid being arrested during the ongoing security operations. According to Nabende, he has instructed all police commanders in Nakaseke, Luweero and Nakasongola district to ensure LC officials register all the people who settling in their areas, monitor their movements and purpose over the visit.

Nabende also says that he has instructed cops to erect barriers at the entrance leading to police stations and screen whoever attempts to access their premises to stop whoever would want to attack the station. He says they must stay on high alert because cases of people raiding police stations are on the rise.

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Our reporter visited Luweero Central police station on Monday and saw barriers erected around the station with restricted entry. Residents and local officials have welcomed the heightened security measures announced by the police. Geoffrey Kizza, the LC III chairperson Ngoma Sub County says before Rwenzori attacks, they were already facing flash murders. He says the deployment could avert the attacks on residents.
Ronald Ssebuyungo, the Kikamulo sub county LC III vice chairperson has appealed to the cops to remain objective while implementing the security measures saying sometimes they end up arresting and torturing people on mere allegations. Samson Lugambwa, a resident of Ngoma town has asked police to improve its relationship with the community. Lugambwa says sometime they have information but fear to approach the police force. 



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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.