According to Brig. Gen. Flavior Byekwaso, the Army spokesperson, the brigade is simply meant to beef up security in Kyotera especially Mutukula, Rakai and parts of Isingiro districts which share a borderline with Tanzania.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) army has occupied a portion of Sango bay
Land, in Kakuuto county and established a 305th battalion.
to Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, the Army Spokesperson, the battalion is simply
meant to beef up security in Kyotera especially Mutukula, Rakai and parts of
Isingiro districts which share a borderline with Tanzania.
noted that the establishment of the base has been going on since June this year. She adds that the establishment was followed by different community meetings to
make people aware of the army's presence and to understand their purpose inorder to have close
community engagements were organised by Col. Bosco Olinawe, the Battalion commander and Maj.
David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner (RDC).
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explains that the army has coexisted with people in every community they
establish their bases. Byekwaso adds that people who have been accessing that land for firewood or to graze
their livestock must be alerted to know where to stop.
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According to Matovu, the army’s presence is to boost police’s operations at the
complicated border and surrounding communities. He adds that the army deployment has helped to arrest people who
enter the country illegally through porous borders and to combat cross-border
adds that majority of people who do not want to pay the Ugx180,000 for a
Coronavirus (COVID19) test at Mutukula immigration often use the porous
borders, but now the army intercepts them. Apart
from combating cross border crime, Matovu says that the battalion will help in
containing political violence that may unfold ahead and during or after
the 2021 elections.
Namusiitwa, the Deputy District LC5 chairperson for Kyotera, appealed to
residents to be cooperative adding that the army base was established for the
good of the people and the country at large.
Mukisa, a resident of Sango Bay parish says they have not encountered any
problem since the presence of the army in the area. The army is occupying part of the land of Sango Bay Sugar Estates Limited. The lease for Sango Bay Sugar Estates Limited expired in October 2019 and was
not renewed over unknown reasons. However, government took over the 20,000 hectares of land it
has occupied for several years.