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Two Arrested as UPDF Battles Kasese Royal Militia

Pte Wycliffe Amanya was stabbed multiple times by a Kirumira Muntima member Kule Matayo Bighanzire during the operation on Friday

The UPDF has intensified the operation launched this week to root out the Kirumiramutima (Kilhumira muthima) militia group in the Rwenzori sub region.

The deadly group loyal to the King of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere, has been targeting armed officers according to the UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson Maj. Peter Mugisa.

On Friday morning, one of the militia members Kule Matayo Bighanzire was shot dead by UPDF’s Pte Wycliffe Amanya , when he attempted to grab the latter’s gun and stabbed him multiple times.

Following the incident, Maj. Mugisa says, the army deployed heavily to hunt down the Kirumuramutima members in the Rwenzori Mountains.

However, yesterday during the operation at Bukala village in Kabonero sub county Bunyangabu district, two men believed to be members of the militia attempted to disarm a soldier.

Maj. Mugisa says the men fought very hard to grab a soldier’s gun but were over powered and arrested.

The arrested are Baluku Owemyaka and one only identified as Bwambale, both residents of Bukala village.

The army spokesperson says the two were interrogated and they said they were formerly royal guards of Obusinga Bwarwenzururu, which group was disbanded last year.

The two are also believed to have taken part in the murder of 2 police officers; AIP Simon Apiire and PC Ochama Saverio, both attached to Kibiito police station, who were hacked to death in November 2016.

The suspects have now been handed over to Kabarole police station for further management.

Mugisa also noted that 2nd Division Makenke has sent its affiliated brigades to step up security in Rwenzori region.

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