Bundibugyo Clashes: Security Rules Out Politics as Death Toll Soars  

Security operatives in Bundibugyo district have intensified investigations to ascertain the causes of the fresh clashes that have left at least eight people dead and several others seriously injured.

The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Bundibugyo Geoffrey Mucunguzi said, click “As security, we cannot associate these fresh clashes that occurred on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon with the post-election violence that occurred two weeks back.”

He said police, the army and other security operatives are jointly assessing the current situation that has sparked tension in the western district.

“The Wednesday attacks were also not tribal, between Bamba and Bakonzo going by the manner in which the Bakonzo youth armed with machetes and other dangerous weapons engaged with police.”

“These youths could have had another motive of fighting that needs serious investigation before they cause havoc,” He added.

The Rwenzori regional police spokesperson Lydia Tushabe said the clashes started after a group of 25 Bakonjo youth attacked the home of Samson Tibamwenda of Buseruka village, Ntotoro Sub County killing him and his 12 year old son only identified only as Aron.

In the same home the group also injured 50 year old Night Faith and her two sons, one only identified as 8year-old Basiime.

The group according to Tushabe also attacked the home of Nelson Mulyabwana 75, killing him and his wife Flora Kajoina.

Tushabe further revealed, “On Wednesday afternoon, another group of about 28 Bakonjo youths wearing masks attempted to attack and grab guns from police officers deployed in the area to contain the situation. But in the scuffle, two of the attackers were shot dead and 13 others arrested by police”.

They also torched houses before taking off with loot. The army and Police have deployed heavily in the areas to prevent further attacks.

In February, 12 people were killed and 10 houses set ablaze in post-election clashes in Bundibugyo district.

The clashes started after the National Resistance Movement –NRM party candidate Ronald Mutegeki was declared winner of the hotly contested LC5 chairperson race.

Mutegeki polled 32,374 votes to beat his independent rival, Jolly Tibamanya who garnered 33,012 votes.



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