Two Dead, Four Injured as Residents Attack UPDF in Kasese Top story

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The deaths occurred after a group of about twenty civilians armed with Pangas, Knives and spears attempted to attack a Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF patrol van in Kikonzo cell, Hima Town Council last night.

Two people are confirmed dead following an attack on a UPDF patrol vehicle in Hima Town Council, Kasese district.

The deaths occurred after 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 last night.

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.

Uganda People Defense Forces were backing Police to secure the area after the declaration of results from LCIII elections. The race in Hima was won by the National Resistance Movement candidate John Musana Katura who beat his longtime rival Tom Maate Wabukombi.

Katura obtained 2,147 votes against Wabukombi's 1,833 votes. However, Wabukombi's supporters and opponents said the vote was rigged in favour of the NRM candidate. 

Throughout Thursday, police and UPDF soldiers deployed along the streets to avert possible clashes mounted by disgruntled supporters.
 
Rwenzori region UPDF Public Relations Officer Lt Amos Samba confirmed the attack saying investigations are already ongoing to establish the intention of the group. He added that all the four injured UPDF soldiers are admitted at Kilembe mines hospital.
 
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Opposition parties did not endorse any candidates for the Hima Town Council race although Forum for Democratic Change supporters like William Nzoghu the Busongora North MP openly campaigned for NRM learning independent Tom Wabukombi. 

Meanwhile FDC party has strengthened its grip onto the Western Uganda district of Kasese after winning majority seats in the just concluded Sub County elections.

FDC won seventeen out of the twenty nine seats in Sub County Councils across the district. One seat was taken by an independent candidate.

The opposition party currently holds only five seats, an indicator that twelve seats hitherto held by the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party have slipped into the hands of the FDC.