Bunyoro Residents, Leaders Demand Heightened Security

Residents and leaders in the Bunyoro sub-region are demanding heightened security at the Uganda-DRC border on Lake Albert shores.  This follows the attack on Ntoroko District by Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels.

The rebels attacked Bweramule Sub County on Tuesday morning displacing more than 500 residents. The army killed 17 rebels, captured 13 of the rebels, and recovered over 17 guns.

Nathan Adegi, a resident of the Buseruka sub-county in Hoima says there is a lot of security laxity along the lake shores that share the same border. He adds that laxity could facilitate the rebels to freely enter the district and cause havoc.

Joseph Kyamanywa, a resident of Kigorobya sub county says what happened in Ntoroko can spread to the region if no appropriate security is beefed up along the lake Albert shores.

According to Kyamanywa, there is always unrestricted movement of both Congolese and Ugandan nationals in both countries, which should be regulated.

Gilbert Tibasiima, a fisherman at Ndaiga landing site in Kagadi that neighbors Ntoroko says that they are currently living in fear following the attack. He tasked security to heavily deploy to ensure that their security is guaranteed on the lake and at the landing site.

Ali Tinkamanyire, the Buseruka Sub County LCIII Chairperson calls on the security operatives in the region to intensify their surveillance network, especially along the lake Albert shores to guard Ugandans against any further attack by the suspected ADF rebels.

Geoffrey Kumakech, the LCV Councilor for Buseruka sub county calls on residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons to security personnel for quick action to be taken.

Vincent Alpha Opio, the Kikuube LCV Vice Chairperson says there is a need to thoroughly screen all those people entering the country from the DRC. He says that the wrong elements could sneak into the country through Lake Albert.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson has called for calm among the residents saying they are in full control of the region.

According to Hakiza, security has already been beefed up along the Uganda-DRC border in the region to avert any form of criminality.

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