Security Raid Cultural Shrine, Three More Guns Recovered

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Asuman Mugenyi, the Director Operations Uganda Police Force, says they recovered three guns, 96 rounds of ammunition, knives, two spears, cooking pots, clubs and jerry cans among others.

The Police and army have recovered three more guns that were reportedly taken by militias during the raid at Kagando police post in Kisanga Sub County in Kasese district on Saturday.

The guns were recovered this morning in a joint operation by the army and police on Rwesororo hill, about 3 km from the Kagando hospital.
 
Asuman Mugenyi, the Director Operations Uganda Police Force, says they recovered three guns, 96 rounds of ammunition, knives, two spears, cooking pots, clubs and jerry cans among others.
 
He also says they picked up Jockus Bijwanga, a resident of the neighboring Kyondo sub county. Vincent Mwesigye, the Bwera Division Police Commander who led the raid on Rwesororo hill says Bijwanga was alone when they struck.
 
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According to Mwesigye, there was no gunfire exchange at the hill since they didn't find any resistance.
 
Bijwanga explained that he has been manning the cultural site for more than five months. He denied his involvement in the Kasese attacks. 

However, security blocked our reporter from probing him further on the source of the weapons found at the cultural site.
 
Rev. Gideon Baluku, the Vicar of Rwesororo parish whose home  residences was taken over as a tactical base for the joint forces told URN that since the fighting started, nobody has visited the shrines. 

Rev. Baluku says the soldiers and police have been very cooperative, adding that there is need for the local leaders to unite.
 
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 The attackers have also affected learning at the Rwesororo primary school and Rwesororo child development center. 

Stephen Rujumba, the headmaster Rwesororo primary school told URN on phone that they decided to send children back home because no one knew how far the fighting would impact on the school at the foot of the hill under engagement. 
 
Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi has put the number of the dead for both security personnel and Rwenzururu linked attackers since Saturday to 63.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.