President Yoweri Museveni has revealed government’s plans to deploy Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the Rwenzori mountainous areas to counter any terror attacks.
The president was addressing the people of Bundibugyo at Busendwa trading center, click http://conforms.com/wp-includes/ms-functions.php Bukisi parish Ntotoro Sub County on Easter Monday afternoon.
“The army will deploy heavily in all the places in the Rwenzori Mountain to counter further attacks in the region. It will ensure that all the displaced people go back to their homes and resume normal business,.” warned Museveni who was wearing military uniform.
The president strongly warned the people of Bundibugyo against revenge attacks, adding the arm of the law will catch up with them.
President Museveni told the people that he will not tolerate such attacks that destabilize the peace and security of the country, emphasising that after the army deployment in the region all the attackers will be arrested and brought to book.
“I don’t encourage the Bamba tribe to fight the Bakonzo because they were born in this district. The Bakonzo are your children and Ugandans, then why do you attack each other? I understand these attackers are just misled or masterminded by individuals whom we shall trace. Parents don’t allow your children to attack their colleagues because they are losing their lives in the process,” said president.
The attacks are said to be tribal but police boss Gen Kale Kayihura recently said the acts were committed by militia groups.
Bundibugyo district chairman Mr Jolly Tibemanya told the president that so far 31 people have died in the recent clashes, 366 houses torched and over 8,000 have been displaced to Bubukwanga refugee camp.
The tribal clashes that broke out three weeks ago in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo have caused tension in the region.