Crime & Investigation

2 Arrested Over Possession Of 280 Bows, Spears


case geneva;”>Speaking to journalists in Kasese town on Wednesday, the South Western police spokesperson, Bakali Emuga identified the suspects as Paul Kyomuhendo and Jackson Balikanya, all residents of Ntoroto village in Ntoroto Sub County, Bundibugyo district.

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The duo was arrested during a joint hunt between the police and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) who combed through their homes and recovered about 280 bows, arrows and spears hidden under their beds.

Emuga said after their arrest, the two claimed the weapons were used to guard their homes.

“We as police who are supposed to keep law and order but we are still wondering what these people wanted to do with the weapons because it is so alarming,” said Emuga.

However, he assured the press that the Police are still interrogating the suspects for more information about the weapons.

“We have started investigations to find out their motive and the two are being detained at Bundibugyo police station before they face courts of law,” added Emuga.

This comes after the police was heavily deployed in Bundibugyo district to suppress a conflict between a group of Baamba and Bakonjo where one person was reportedly killed.

There was also a police siege at Rwenzururu kingdom to block King Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo district to settle clan clashes between the Bakonjo and the Baamba who do not believe in his kingship.

On July 6, a group of Baamba armed with spears, bows and arrows attacked a group of Bakonzo in Bundibugyo district, destroyed several acres of crops and killed one of them before the police intervened.

The deceased was identified as Moses Masereka, a resident of Bumadu in Bwamba County, Bundibugyo which prompted the Inspector General of Police Gen, Kale Kayihura and then ICT Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to convene meetings with the affected communities in Bundibugyo and appealed for calmness.

Tensions between the two tribes started early this month when King Mumbere visited Bundibugyo district to officiate at a function marking 50 years since Rwenzururu kingdom became independent from Toro in 1962 but a group of Baamba had opposed the visit, but Mumbere prevailed over them.

Emuga appealed to the public not to keep dangerous weapons in their houses noting that people normally use them when clashes erupt, causing harm to many.

“This is an appeal to the public always report whoever that posses such weapons to local authorities and police because they put your lives at risk,” said Emuga.


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