Bombs Recovered from Forest Reserve

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Lauben Kabahoze, the Bufundi Gombolola Internal Security Officer, says Kamuhanda picked up the explosives and presented them to him, which terrified residents that they could off anytime.

There was tension among residents neighboring Echuya Forest Reserve in Rubanda district on Tuesday following the discovery of two explosives. Echuya forest reserve borders Rubanda and Kisoro Districts and Rwanda.


According to residents, their colleague identified as Medard Kamuhanda, a resident of Mushongati cell stumbled on two explosives on Tuesday evening while searching for manure for his crops in the forest.

Lauben Kabahoze, the Bufundi Gombolola Internal Security Officer, says Kamuhanda picked up the explosives and presented them to him, which terrified residents that they could off anytime.

Kabahoze says they immediately took the explosives to Bufundi Police post, which notified to security officials for action. Tai Ramadhan, the Rubanda District Police Commander says the explosives include an 82mm mortar bomb and a hand grenade, which are believed to have been abandoned in the forest during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

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Keneth Jogo Biryabarema, the Rubanda District Chairperson says that there is need for security officials to conduct a thorough search for ammunitions in the forest.



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Deus Muhumuza, a resident from Nyarurambi cell in Kishanje Parish in Bufundi sub County, suspects that more explosives could still be in the forest.
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Ramadhan says that police will sit and see how to search for more explosives from the forest.
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This is not the first time ammunition is recovered from Echuya forest reserve. In 2008, two light machine guns were recovered from the forest by residents and handed over to security.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.