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Residents Flee Homes Over Security Threats

The Rwenzori Region Police Commander, Peter Nkulega wondered how a whole community would be thrown into panic because of rumors. He assured residents that their area is secure, adding that those who have fled their homes should return.
The mountainous area of Karangura sub county where about 30 fanmiles have migrated from in fear of 'war'.

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Unspecified numbers of people have reportedly fled their homes from various villages in Nyabuswa parish in Karangura Sub County in Kabarole district citing security threats. The affected people are from Karundo, Kahondo, Kasundi, Kamabale A and B, Bubande villages and the neighboring Bukuku sub county.

The issue came to the fore during a security meeting held at Nyabuswa Health Centre III on Tuesday involving the Rwenzori Region Police Commander, Peter Nkulega, Kabarole District Police Commander, Musa Tibakirana and Resident District Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe. 

During the meeting, residents expressed fear for their safety, saying they had received information from social media platforms and radio stations indicating that some foreign countries intend to team up with Bakonzo from the mountainous areas in Karangura and to overthrow government between July 15 and 17.

 

They claimed the threats of attack compelled some of their

neighbors, friends and relatives to flee their homes and haven't returned. Vincent Byaruhanga, the Karundo zone Village L C I Chairperson, told the security officials that about 20 families from his area have already migrated from their homes and their whereabouts are still unknown.

"I met around 20 people on Sunday in the evening with their mattresses and luggage moving. When I asked them, they said they are running away from war that is going to break out this week. I tried to stop them but they refused," Byaruhanga said.

The Karangura Sub county LC III chairperson, Kahuzo Erikana, said he visited Kamabale Primary School on Tuesday morning and only found 143 pupils in a school that has an enrollment of 400 pupils.

"I was shocked when I found the school almost empty, and when I asked what the problem was they told me that parents have migrated with their children to Fort Portal while others are closing themselves inside their houses fearing that they might be killed in the war," Erikana said.

Amon Bikoba, a resident of Kamabale B said the rumors about the looming war were spread by women in the area.

 

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Bikoba noted that he knows about 10 families that have since migrated while others shifted to Fort Portal town for protection. Amos Tumusiime, a resident of Kamabale B told the security heads that they also heard that some Bakonzo in the mountainous areas of Kalangura were planning to launch an attack in an to create the Yiira republic.

 

He said the threats were all over the place and have triggered panic among residents for the past few weeks. David Mugume, the Bukuku Sub-county LC III chairman, said several people had reported to him the security threats and he was in the process of addressing them when some of them started fleeing their homes.

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Gertrude Kenema, the Karangura Woman Councilor blamed the threats on rumormongers whom she said are many in the area. She asked the DPC to crack down on the rumor mongers and punish them for causing unnecessary fear.

The Rwenzori Region Police Commander, Peter Nkulega wondered how a whole community would be thrown into panic because of rumors. He assured residents that their area is secure, adding that those who have fled their homes should return.

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Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LC V chairperson, condemned the rumormongers in the area. He asked the few Bakonzo who are still harboring intentions of creating the Yiira republic to drop them and concentrate their efforts on developmental issues.

"The thing is Yiira republic will never be allowed. I advise those fellows who are still there to return in good faith and we develop this area. We can't achieve development when we are fighting each other and engaged in running from place to another over non-existent issues," Rwabuhinga said.

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