George Odeke, a resident of Kokong Village in Kapir Sub County discovered the tunnels while digging a pit latrine in his home about three weeks ago. The existence of the mysterious tunnels was exposed through social media on Sunday evening.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces- UPDF has
denied knowledge of the mysterious underground tunnels discovered in Ngora
district. The mysterious tunnels that have triggered anxiety among residents
and have since turned into a tourist attraction as hundreds of people flock the
area to see them.
George Odeke, a resident of Kokong Village in Kapir Sub County discovered
the tunnels while digging a pit latrine in his home about three weeks ago. The
existence of the mysterious tunnels was exposed through social media on Sunday
evening. Several people claimed that the tunnels could have been used by security
or thugs for mischievous activities in the district.
After the news of the underground tunnels went viral especially on
social media, the 3rd Division Intelligence Chief, Lt. Col. Ephraim Byaruhanga
and his team visited Kokong village on Tuesday to get firsthand information.
accessing the area, Byaruhanga told our reporter on the phone that Kokong tunnels
are a natural phenomenon and not associated with UPDF movements or other
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His findings are similar to the claims made by police on Monday that the tunnels
are merely caves formed underground. In his press statement, Oscar Gregg Ageca,
the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, said that the tunnels are underground
systems not related to any road works as claimed by the community.
“Preliminary findings show that the alleged road is actually a system
of underground caves though the community is now alluding to all kinds of
supernatural inferences, which is not true”, he said.
Margaret Awekonimungu, the Ngora District Environment Officer notes that the
tunnels could be an underground occurrence that can only be explained by
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Mike Odongo L’Asio, the Ngora district chairperson says that his consultations
with some elders in Ngora indicate that the area was once a swamp linking to
Awoja water catchment. He notes that the tunnels could be a result of earth
formation, which remains a mystery until the geologists explain.
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By Tuesday evening, no geologist had visited the area. When contacted, the
Executive Director of National Environment Management Authority- NEMA, Dr. Tom
Okurut, said that the Ngora tunnel discovery is a new occurrence that his team
will explain after visiting the site.
“We are getting clearance from relevant authorities to enable the team to visit
the site. Once that is done, we shall be in Ngora and the geologists will
explain what could have happened underground”, he said on phone.
At Odeke’s home, more people continue to visit
and descend into the pit to witness what’s underground. The family is now
worried about their safety especially from COVID-19 infections since people are
crowding their home some without masks.