Rwenzori Region Attacks: 60 Dead, Kayihura Summons Emergency Meeting

IGP General Kale Kayihura

suspects at Bundibugyo police station
suspects at Bundibugyo police station

Uganda’s Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has summoned an emergency security meeting in Fort Portal, Kabarole district, following attacks in the Western Region that have left 60 people dead.

Kayihura, who arrived in Fort Portal Sunday morning, met all members of the district security committees in Western Uganda and discuss with them security measures to take against the armed gangs that have launched several attacks in the region.

On Saturday evening, a gang of armed youths attacked Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts killing up to 41 people in the region. They were repulsed after killing two UPDF officers and the Officer In charge of Bundibugyo police station, Wilson Tugume.

Police spokesperson Enanga confirmed to the media that the security meeting will take place in Fort Portal together with all district security committee members of the Western district and army officers.

Police Chief General Kale Kayihura.
Police Chief General Kale Kayihura.

A district security committee is made up of RDC’s, CAO’s, and Commanders of UPDF reserve forces of the region, District Internal Security Officers and the district prison’s commanders.

It is not yet clear who the attackers are or their intent but army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda told the press that the attacks were ssparked by tribal conflicts.

A police council meeting was summoned yesterday during which police commanders came up with new guidelines on handling of weapons.

Among the guidelines, the police officers on night patrol are not allowed to handle firearms and or patrol individually. All officers must be in the company of two other officers.

Guns and ammunition are to only be given out at 6pm and not any time after that. Officers who will not obey the guidelines will be arrested.

The tense security situation follows a terror alert issued on Thursday of a possible attack against Entebbe Airport and other installations of security in the country.

Paddy Ankunda spoke to the media about the attacks and said the army had arrested some attackers who are ‘volunteering information’ on the leader and funder of the attacks.

He also ruled out armed rebellion as the cause of the attacks.

Rwenzururu Kingdom deputy prime minister at Bundibugyo police station
Rwenzururu Kingdom deputy prime minister at Bundibugyo police station

The army has also arrested the deputy prime minister of Rwenzururu Kingdom Jeremiah Mutooro in connection with the investigations on the attacks.

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3 thoughts on “Rwenzori Region Attacks: 60 Dead, Kayihura Summons Emergency Meeting

  1. The establishments of the new Kingdoms is the cause of the problems and too many I llegal guns.

  2. The conflicts are as a result of tribal conflicts.The total objection of cultural contamination has sparked off the blood shedding.We pray that the government comes in and save the situation.

  3. This tribal war, I don’t see two tribes fighting each other. I see a gang of attackers targeting police stations, some army and the bank and the district headquarters. In self defense, police and the army kill over 60 of these attackers. Big question: which tribal clashes in Kasese and Bundibugyo has resulted into this genocide? Unless the police, the army constitute another tribe. I Begg to understand what is reported in the news.

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