By GEOFFREY Nyamwongera
Security agencies in Rwenzori region have affirmed reports that there are alleged Re-grouping of Kilhumiramituma militia groups in Kasese, Kabarole, Bundibugyo and possibly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
They said that there is re-grouping going on in some parts of Kasangali, Karujumba in Kisinga Sub County, Munkunyu and Kyondo in Kyondo Sub County, Kasese District and in some parts of Bunyangabo District.
This was disclosed in a meeting on Peace and Security organized by Kabarole research and resource center (KRC) at TooroBontanical Gardens in Fort portal Municipality by attended by District Police Commanders in the Rwenzori sub region where KRC presented a comprehensive early warning report about the conflict situation citing possible instances of regrouping and possible attacks.
However, the Hima Division Police Commander ASP.Sam Suubi reported that there has been general silence across the Rwenzori sub Region after the November 2017 attacks.
He said that most leaders in the region have not told the truth, misinformed the masses and fed the people on lies, thus leading the youth into subversive activities.
ErisaKihuku, the coordinator of community Based peace actors and at the same time the Karangura Sub county speaker inKabarole District Said that the situation in KaranguraSub County is calm after the attacks on Kamabale Militia Camp in Kabarole on 24thin November 2016.
He however, reported that there are many challenges within the families who lost their loved ones during the attacks and those families and for those whose family members are still in dentition at Nalufenya prisons, Jinja.
He added that people in KaranguraSub County still isolate thefamilies of those who actively participated and those who are still at large.
“11 Rwenzuru Royal Guards were killed at Kamabale Camp in November, 27 arrested and 17 have surrendered to police, after they were briefed and they are doing their normal activities in their homes,” said Kihuku. That there were no more regrouping in Karangura save for
It was unanimously agreed that despite the looming incidences of regrouping the local people of different tribes are now socially working and going to drinking joints together, mixing in Markets and even marrying, a bond that had been broken since the 2014 attacks.
John Manume, the district councilor Katebwa Sub County said that Kilhumuiramutima is an active group in Katebwa sub County in Kabarole and are willing to disband if government agrees to release the Omusinga and his co- accused royal guards.
The OC station Bundibugyo reported that business in Bundibugyo is normal and that the Bakonzo and the Bamba interact freely in Markets, Health centers, and other outing places which was not evident in Bundibugyo after the July 5, 2014.
During the meeting the KRC Peace and Conflict Manager Francis Happy Muhindo noted that;
- Parliamentarians in the region should come out and talk to the people about how to end the conflict situation in the region. He argued that these legislators should also separate Politics from culture.
- Cultural leaders should desist from politics and stick to their cultural mandate as provided for in the laws of Uganda.
- “Central government should set up a truth and reconciliation commission for Rwenzori, and equally invent/initiate a special rehabilitation program targeting war veterans and their families. And that the central government should implement the recommendations of the 2005 Kajura Ministerial commission report.
The meeting was attended by DPCs, DISOS, GISOS, OCs, RPCS and representatives from the hot spots sub counties from Bundibugyo, Kesese and Kabarole.