Rwenzori East regional Police Commander Bob Kagarura says that the five were shot by police officers, acting in self defence. The group had reportedly grabbed a machine gun from one of the police officers who was attacked with a panga. The injured officer is only identified as Thembo.
Rwenzori East regional Police Commander Bob Kagarura says that the five were shot by police officers, acting in self defence. The group had reportedly attacked and grabbed a machine gun from one of the police officers who was attacked with panga's and knives. The injured officer is only identified as Thembo.
Initial reports indicate that the killed people are members of Rwenzururu Kingdom royal guards, a non-combat force that guards Kingdom sites around Kasese.
Rwenzururu Kingdom spokesperson Joshua Baluku confirmed that those killed are royal guards adding that the cultural institution is now following up on the matter to establish the cause of the shootings.
However, other sources at Kasenyi trading centre, speaking on condition of anonymity, allege that the police officers raided the centre and asked the victims whom they already had on a list to surrender themselves for arrest. They were accusing them of masterminding an attack on the UPDF in Hima last evening.
The dead have been identified as Nason Sagini, Isaleri Kake, James Wayakwa and Musale Bwambale Kiremberwa all hailing from Buhuhira Sub County.
The incident which occurred at 2pm today brings to seven, the number of civilians that have been shot dead by security personnel over the last two days.
The first two were shot last evening when a group of about twenty civilians armed with Pangas, Knives and spears attempted to attack a Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF patrol vehicle in Kikonzo cell, Hima Town Council.
UPDF fired gunshots to deter the group from taking control of the vehicle and the weapons in their possession. Two of the attackers were shot and died instantly while four UPDF soldiers were injured in the fracas that ensued.
Meanwhile, Police and UPDF are maintaining a heavy presence in Hima following the attack last night in which four of its officers were stabbed by a group of civilians.
The usually busy town is now isolated as residents abandoned business in fear. Schools have also been closed and pupils sent back home amidst rising tension.
Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander Bob Kagarura told URN this afternoon that security forces will remain on the streets until the area is pacified.
The tensions come barely two years after about 100 people were killed in simultaneous attacks on military installations in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts on July 5, 2014.