Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that the fighting between M23 rebels and government troops is suffocating trade between the two countries. Ssekandi says that there is a need for quick deployment of a regional force that will bring peace to the area.
Hajji Safique Ssekandi, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that in the last two weeks, 600 refugees have been intercepted from Bunagana border while escaping from refugee camps and attempting to cross to Congo.
On Wednesday, the refugees were given a two-day ultimatum to leave the border town and go to Nyakabande. But refugees have resisted the directive on grounds that the conditions at the transit centre are appalling.
On Tuesday, Kisoro District authorities held a closed-door meeting together with Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), police, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), Prisons, and Immigrations among others at Kisoro district council hall.
Following the capture of the Uganda-DRC border town of Bunagana by the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels in June, there has been an uncontrolled movement of civilians both Congolese and Ugandans to and from nearby areas in Rutshuru territory, especially through porous borders.
Bernadeta Nyiranfabakuza and Dan Sunday Semahoro, parents from Nyamikumbi village and Bikokora villages, say that the absence of a secondary school has forced them to incur expenses to send their children to distant schools in Kisoro town, which is more than 30 kilometers away.
When his family members came, they knocked but he did not open and since all the doors and windows are metallic, they got a welder to force the door open at around 08:00 PM. The body was still hanging on the rope in full uniform at midnight.
Kwizera garnered 12,214 votes while his rival Independent candidate Asgario Turyagyenda got 10,105 votes. Another independent Edward Mutabazi got 308 votes while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer James Owebeyi got 280.
As Turyaguenda was holding his campaign rally at Kashaka village, Nombe ward, Kwizera drove in at around 02:15 PM amidst tight police and UPDF protection. He was accompanied by Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro District LC 5 chairman, and Richard Towdong, the NRM Secretary General.
As Owebeyi was campaigning in Nyabaremura trading center in Nyabaremura ward at around 03:35 PM, the Ryakarimira town council town clerk in Kabale district, Brian Twasiima, and Joseph Awor, an escort to Henry Ariganyira Musasizi, the State Minister for Finance in Charge of General Duties showed up in a finance ministry vehicle registration number UG 0800F and started patrolling the areas.
While campaigning, Mafabi says that despite Kisoro district being an NRM party stronghold for many years, residents are yet to gain from voting it. Mafabi says voters should think twice and question, why the tourism roads are not tarmacked yet Museveni, promised them long ago.
The withdrawn candidate is 19-year-old Joshua Mutabazi who had been nominated on Tuesday to contest alongside Owebeyi, Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu of the National Resistance Movement (NRM)-party and independents Edward Mutabazi.
On Tuesday, Dombo, Alhaji Moses Kigongo, the NRM National Vice Chairperson, and Deputy Treasurer, Jacqueline Kyatuheire summoned Kamara and Buchana to a closed-door meeting at Ikoro Hotel in Nyakabande sub-county to explain why they escorted Turyagyenda for nomination. Dombo later told URN that they summoned the legislators for contravening the party regulations of supporting the flag bearer.
Mutabazi, who was accompanied by Jolly Mugisha, the NUP Coordinator in Charge of the Western region was seen rushing to Mutorere secondary school in Kisoro town where he completed his secondary school level to verify the certificates.
According to Byabakama, some of the candidates tend to use fundraising activities to squeeze their competitors in form of contributing huge monies as a way of convincing electorates to gauge him as the only capable. Byabakama says that such activities will resume after voting.
Dr. Benon Karekezi Rukunda, the Kisoro Hospital Medical superintendent, says that they have so far registered eight cases of death resulting from malnutrition. According to Karekezi, some of the deceased children were staying with their parents in Bunagana town council while others were from the Nyakabande refugee transit center.