UPDF Starts Deploying In Bundibugyo

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Major Ronald Kakurungu, the UPDF 2nd Division Spokesperson, says there is need to deploy in the mountains to avoid further attacks on communities. He explains that there are reports that some unknown people are regrouping and are planning to carry out more attacks in low lands.

Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) has started deploying soldiers in the mountainous areas of Bundibugyo district. The deployment kicked off this morning in Bughendera County under the supervision of Brigadier Peter Elwelu, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander, police and local leaders.

The deployment follows last month's clashes, which claimed the lives of 31 people and property worth millions of Shillings. Major Ronald Kakurungu, the UPDF 2nd Division Spokesperson, says there is need to deploy in the mountains to avoid further attacks on communities. He explains that there are reports that some unknown people are regrouping and are planning to carry out more attacks in low lands. 

According to Kakurungu, the deployment exercise will continue for a month in Ntontoro and Bubandi sub counties, which are located on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountains. He however, refused to disclose the number of soldiers who will be deployed in the district. Kakurungu also said that after deployment, security officers will meet the local leaders and urge residents to return to their homes

Records from Uganda Red Cross Branch in Bundibugyo town indicate that more than 7,000 people fled their homes during the attacks and have sought refuge at Bubugwanga transit camp and Bubandi Church of Uganda. Henry Katusabe, a resident of Ntandi, welcomes the deployment, saying it will convince residents return to their homes. 

He however wants the army to deploy permanently in the mountains even when the situation has stabilised. In 1998, government deployed the Alpine Brigade on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountains in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Kabarole district to fight the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). 


At its inception, the Alpine Brigade was under the command of the late Major General James Kazini. It was disbanded after the defeat of the ADF. While visiting Bundibugyo district after the clashes, President Yoweri Museveni told the residents to return to their homes saying the army will deploy in the mountains to protect them from attacks.