Asiimwe Banji has denied the reported influx of the refugees, saying that they are aware of people with relatives in DRC who have habitually aided them to enter the district through Rwamabale in Ntoroko District.
The locals who had participated in the NRM primary elections were demanding to get all sub-county results from the presiding officers to enable them to understand the results between the Bughendera county incumbent Christopher Kibanzanga and his rival Acrobert Kiiza Moses.
The farmers usually harvest the highly prized crop between June and July. A Kilogram of fresh vanilla fibre costs more than Shillings 200,000 on the market. Middlemen buy a kilogram at around 160,000 Shillings while established companies can buy it at as much as 200,000 Shillings per kilogram.
The suspects were picked up from a shrine on Saturday evening. They were reportedly found in possession of 70 machetes, 40 knives and a map of the proposed Yiira Republic among other items. The suspects are currently locked up at Kanyamwirima army barracks in Bundibugyo district.
Taban explains that from the information he has so far gathered, the incident happened around 3am on Tuesday morning when armed robbers attacked the home of Elishia Murosha in Bakuluye village while he attending a vigil for his departed village mate.
Sam Mbahimba, a refugee from Kamango Village, says that he will return to his home when he is guaranteed security by UPDF and Congolese army. He explains that for the past four days, he has struggled to feed his family of five children.
Last month, a rift emerged after members of the Babandi Clan, one of the 25 clans in Bwamba threatened to establish a rival cultural institution. They accused Lt. Col. Martin Kamya, the Obudhingiya Bwa Bwamba OBB cultural leader of marginalising the clan members and the family of the late Peter Mupalya. Mupalya, who died in 2014 is among the Rwenzururu Movement Freedom fighters who alongside the late Yeremiya Kawamara and Isaya Mukirania walked out of the Tooro Kingdom Parliament in March 1962 protesting marginalisation by the Batooro. Mupalya is from the Babandi clan.
President Museveni told the residents that the army will be deployed in the mountains to protect the communities from further attacks. He also warned the local leaders to stop inciting the communities to engage in criminal activities.
People who were granted amnesty after surrendering to the police in the aftermath of the July 5, 2014 attacks in Bundibugyo district are living in fear of being arrested by the security agencies as unannounced operations are mounted in the area.
More than 4,000 people have fled their homes following attacks in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts over the weekend in which at least 75 people were killed. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought refuge at Bubukwanga transit centre.