Kasese: Fresh Clashes Feared as UPDF Shoot Dead Kirumiramutima Fighter  

UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson Makenke Barracks Maj. Peter Mugisa
UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson Makenke Barracks Maj. Peter Mugisa

There are growing fears of rekindled fights in the western Kasese district, following the shooting of a member of the Kirumiramutima, an armed group loyal to the King of Rwenzururu Charlese Wesley Mumbere.

While speaking to Chimpreports on Friday, the UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson Maj. Peter Mugisa confirmed the killing of Matayo Bwanzire, who was shot dead early this morning by army officers.

Just two weeks back, the army spokesperson told us, one Mzee Arthur Mbarage, an elder and Councilor of Bwisumbo Sub County was ambushed and stubbed to near death by unknown assailants.

He said the group thought the old man had died, but fortunately he survived and identified the attackers as Matayo Bwanzire (the deceased) and one Kule Mawano.

Maj Mugisa says army officers from the Kasangali Detach waylaid Bwanzire at his house this morning, and when he was ordered to come out of the house, he instead jumped through the window with two knives and grabbed one Private Wycliffe Amanya and stubbed him on the shoulder and head.

In self-defense, Pte Amanya shot him dead.

The incident happened at Kasangali, Ruhara Parish, Bwensumbo Sub County in Busongora North, Kasese district.

Mugisa says the UPDF is aware of the Kirumiramutima group trainings going on in Bunyangabo District. He says the members move at night crossing R. Mubuku to Kasangali to terrorize locals.

“We know their intentions; but our forces are on ground to capture these evil people and bring them to book” he noted

Maj Mugisa assured people of Rwenzori of maximum security and called upon the largely youthful Kirumira Mutima group to stop their illegal activities.

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