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EXCLUSIVE: Rwenzururu Female Commander Killed by UPDF Snipers

Maj Kitatamuyima showing Chimp Corps the Kamabare camp which the Rwenzururu militia reportedly built in the Rwenzori Mountains (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Elite units of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) are searching for the body of Rwenzururu’s female commander killed in combat last week.

The fighter (name withheld on request) was captured on aerial surveillance deploying fighters around Kamabare camp in Kabarole District before being taken out of action.

“She was felled by sniper fire, viagra approved http://clinico.cl/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php ” said Maj Fred Kitatamuyima, http://communalp.at/wp-admin/includes/options.php the UPDF operations commander in the area.

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“That fighter was wearing a red outfit. After spotting her, we fired and she fell. As soon as her combatants realised that she had been killed, they quickly cut off her head before using an exit route at the training camp to an unknown destination,” said the commander.

Government officials accuse the Rwenzururu Kingdom led by King Wesley Mumbere of recruiting and training fighters to destabilize Rwenzori region.

Mumbere was recently arrested and charged with murder of a police officer at Kidodo Police Station. He is currently in detention in Jinja.

It is understood the killer gun was found at Mumbere’s palace.

The UPDF would later raid training camps of the Rwenzururu militia especially in Kamabare, killing several fighters.

“At first we wanted to use heavy gunfire to deal with these criminals. But we realised some innocent people would die in the crossfire. So we sent in specialized teams to carry out specific targets on the fighters’ bases,” said Maj Kitatamuyima.

He said during the operation, soldiers confronted about three ambushes laid by the Rwenzururu Militants.

“We crushed them before taking over their main camp at Kamabare,” he added.

Asked whether the militants were thoroughly defeated, the commander responded: “Several fighters escaped to the Mountains. We suspect some of them crossed into DRC.”

The Rwenzururu Kingdom has repeatedly denied its involvement in the recruiting fighters, saying it doesn’t condone violence.

However, Police say 16 security officers have been killed by the Mumbere’s Royal Guards and Kirumira Mutima militia.

By Friday this week, the military had scaled down its operations in the Mountains.

Officials announced a 7-day ceasefire to allow suspected militants to surrender to Kasese RDC’s office for further management.

 

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