Residents Arm Themselves to Repulse Attackers

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Steven Musokyi, the LC1 chairperson Kirumiya, says they will not sit back as they watch their colleagues being killed. Musokyi says that more than 450 residents have been armed.

Residents of Kirumiya village in Ntoroto Sub County in Bundibugyo district have armed themselves to repulse any attacks against the community. The residents are armed with bows, arrows, machetes, knives and spears. 


This follows an incident on Wednesday in which 8 people were killed in Kitere and Kirumiya villages. The dead included five people from the Bamba community and three from the Bakonzo. The Sub County is predominately Bakonzo.  
 
 
On Thursday afternoon, more than 50 residents from the Bamba community armed with traditional weapons, turned up at Kirumiya trading center to listen to Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police.

Kayihura was visiting the scene of the Wednesday attacks. When Kayihura asked them why they were armed, they told him that they were defending themselves from any further attacks by the Bakonzo.  

Steven Musokyi, the LC1 chairperson Kirumiya, says they will not sit back as they watch their colleagues being killed. Musokyi says that more than 450 residents have been armed.
 
He adds that some residents have since Wednesday fled their homes and fear to return.  David Mbusa, a resident of Kirumiya says that they decided to arm themselves because the security officials are doing little to contain the violence.
 
Mbusa says that residents told the police about an impending attack but Police didn't take any action. Kayihura appealed to the residents to return to their homes, since security in the area has been beefed up.
 
He said the army and police will be deployed in the mountains, where the attackers descend from to carry out attacks in the community. Kayihura also assured the community that the police will carry out investigations to establish the cause of the attacks.

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Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Region Police Spokesperson says that 40 people have so far been arrested in connection with the attacks. She says that the suspects will be screened and charged in courts of law.   

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.