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Five of the dead are from the Bamba community, the remaining are Bakonzo. Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson, says the Bakonzo attacked the Bamba forcing them to retaliate.
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Fresh clashes between the Bamba and Bakonzo in Bundibugyo district have claimed the lives of eight people. The eight were killed in fresh clashes that broke out in Kitere village in Ntoroko Sub County in Bundibugyo district in the wee hours of this morning.

Five of the dead are from the Bamba community, the remaining are Bakonzo. Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson, says the Bakonzo attacked the Bamba forcing them to retaliate. 

She says two Bakonzo were shot and injured by police as they tried to attack the Bamba. The gunshot victims are admitted at Karugutu health Center IV in Ntoroko district.  She says tensions have been boiling in the district given the tension between the two communities, adding that they haven't established what could have triggered the latest clashes.

The army and Police have deployed in the village to avoid further clashes. In February this year, twelve people were killed and 10 houses set ablaze in post-election clashes in Bundibugyo district. 

The clashes started the National Resistance Movement –NRM party candidate Ronald Mutegeki was declared winner of the hotly contested LCV chairperson race. Mutegeki polled 32,374 votes to beat his independent rival, Jolly Tibamanya who garnered 33,012 votes.

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