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Yumbe Sick of Explosives :: Uganda Radionetwork

Yumbe Sick of Explosives

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The discovery of live bombs in Okoi village in Yumbe district has sent a chilling effect on the residents, recovering from the effects of a 13-year old war between West Nile Bank Front and the UPDF.

The west Nile bank front rebels led by Juma Oris, had wedged a war against the government of president Museveni. They were however defeated in 1997.

13-years after the battle, the effects of that war are still being felt in the existence of live explosives left behind after the war.

Firewood collection and crop cultivation are no longer lively activities because people fear to be hit by explosives.

In February 2005 alone, the UPDF recovered over 4,900 loose weapons in the district. Many were recovered from ex-combatants and armed traffickers who had hidden the guns in gardens and homes.

Capt. Peter Mugisa, the West Nile UPDF Spokesman, says people in Yumbe are still at risk of being killed by the explosives, which were buried by the rebels during the war.

On Friday, the army recovered three Medium Grenade Launchers in Midigo Sub-county, hidden under a tree. WNBF chiefly recruited youths in Koboko, Yumbe, Arua and Obongi, Moyo.

In 2008, the army recovered 20 SMG with 2313 live rounds of ammunition, 16 fully packed magazines, and 47 empty magazines, 58 mine fuses and 48 tortoise grenades.

Captain Mugisa says the war veterans must liaise with the security personnel to remove the hidden guns and high explosives to protect lives of communities.

On Friday, Asan Kasingye, the Assistant Inspector General of Police on Political Commissar, said the locals should voluntarily surrender their guns to the UPDF soldiers and police.

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