RUKUNGIRI! Security Operatives rally residents against ADF, impose curfew along Ishasha-Katunguru road

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In response to the recent fatal attacks, the security authorities have called on the residents of Rwenshama, in Bwambara Sub County Rukungiri district, which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to assist in the battle against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The appeal was made yesterday Wednesday 1st November 2023, following the shooting deaths of at least 11 suspected ADF terrorists by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), including a gang that had killed two visitors in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

On October 17, the UPDF began the manhunt after the assailants killed the driver of the tourist car and set it on fire on the Kitunguru-Mweya-Katwe route in Kasese district.

The UPDF said that the shooters were associated with the rebel organization known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has bases of operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nonetheless, yesterday, at the Rwenshama Fish Landing site, security personnel held a mobilization meeting with the people of Rwenshama Parish and among those present were UWA officials, Marines, Commander Second Division Mbarara Brig. Gen. Paul Muhanguzi, Col. Robert Nahamya Brigade 307 Commander, RDC Rukungiri Mr. Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen, District Police Commander Rukungiri SSP. Musa Tibakirana, Assistant Diso Rukungiri Mr. Mugarura Jackson, and other security personnel.

RDC RUKUNGIRI NSUBUGA BEWAYO STEPHEN ADDRESSING RESIDENTS OF RWENSHAMA DURING SECURITY MEETING ON 1ST NOVEMBER 2023

In his speech, Brig. Gen. Muhanguzi urged the people of Rukungiri district, Rwenshama, and surrounding areas to unite in their efforts to eradicate the remaining ADF forces.

“The enemy right now is at his weakest. We have killed many of their foreign fighters and many of their commanders,” said Muhanguzi during the mobilization meeting with locals.

Brig. Muhanguzi warned fishermen against transporting people without their identities as this risks lives of people living in these communities.

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Col. Robert Nahamya, Brigade Commander 307, urged the attendees and local leaders to always communicate intelligence ahead of time so that the security forces can identify and stop the enemy from launching lethal assaults.

Col. Nahamya gave local leaders advice on how to maintain peace in their community by organizing citizens for security and scheduling frequent meetings.

Col. Robert Nahamya, Brigade Commander 307 addressing residents of Rwenshama on ADF attacks

He urged people to “remain vigilant and report any unknown or suspicious individuals in their areas to the security forces before terrorists cause more harm since Allied Democratic authorities (ADF) target large populations.

According to Col. Nahamya, the UPDF and other sister security agencies are presently conducting operations in several areas.

Col. Nahamya added that they have also implemented a curfew along the Ishasha-Katunguru road, which requires motorcycles and cars to halt traveling at precisely 7:00 p.m.

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The Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen encouraged residents of Rwenshama and Rukungiri at large to unite in a bid to eliminate the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

Bewayo declared that in order to bolster security in the Rukungiri district, they would continue to include the local populace in important sensitization initiatives.

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SSP. Musa Tibakirana the Rukungiri District Police Commander urged the local population (Wananchi) to collaborate with the police to track down suspected ADF rebels who might cause harm to the public.

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Ugandan troops, in collaboration with their DRC counterparts, have been jointly combating the rebel group since November 2021.