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UPDF Kills Two In Kasese

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One survivor identified as Fenehasi Bwambale told Chimpreports on Sunday that he saw people shooting at them while standing on Mpundwe bridge that separates Ihandiro village and Bwera Sub County in Kasese district.

This attack is reported to have taken place at around 11:00pm.

The Assistant Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango who was camping in the district on Sunday confirmed the incident and identified the dead as Godwin Kabalega and another only identified as Kabasokera.

“These men were helping the police as crime preventers and are residents of Kyoko village in Kasese district,” he said.

He said the three men were on duty before being shot by soldiers who were patrolling the surrounding areas.

“It is so hurting that our colleagues lost their lives because we have been working with them to prevent crime in the area. I send condolences to their families and friends,” added Onyango.

He however noted that the attacks were as the result of lack of knowledge of their boundaries between the two groups about their territories.

Oyango also said the UPDF were supposed to guard Mpondwe Bridge which is currently under construction by the UPDF engineering brigade.

The hunt by the police has been reinforced by the group of community crime preventers in the sub counties of Bukonjo and Bwere and at the border with Democratic Republic of Congo in a move to reduce rampant criminals that have been terrorizing the area and robbing traders operating at the border.

The Mpondwe Bridge was last year pledged by the UPDF engineering brigade while at the Tare Sita celebrations that were held in Kasese district.

UPDF also pledged to construct roads and railways most especially in the areas that were affected by the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group (ADF) in the last ten years.

Kasese district was among the beneficiaries because of the atrocities that were committed in the area particularly at Kicwamba technical college where hundreds of students were burnt to death and others kidnapped in the process by the Allied Democratic Forces rebel groups in the late 1990s.

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