Local leaders in Bukonzo West, Kasese urged to remain security conscious


Local Council chairpersons in Bukonzo West Constituency, Kasese district where the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels attacked a secondary school and killed 43 people have been urged to be security conscious and support security agencies to limit the enemies from entering the country.

Under their G-8 umbrella, the Local council three chairpersons organized a meeting to forge means of securing the area.

The meeting attended by the State Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga and the Resident District Commissioner for Kasese, Lt. Joe Walusimbi was held at St. John’s Kyogha church of Uganda in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Town Council.

At the meeting, it was observed that there were some loopholes, which were utilized by the rebels to kill 38 students at the school. Also, the school watchman, Zephanous Masereka Kirilhuhanda was killed.

Florence Masika and Zakayo Masereka of the same family were also killed on the fateful day when the rebels were retreating back to their hideout in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

At the meeting, the Kasese RDC told the village chairpersons that there were some gaps that needed to be filled among the chairpersons so that a similar incident should not happen.

The army officer asked the security chain of village internal security officers, parish internal security officers and Gombolola Internal security officers to also strengthen their security operations.

In their plea, the local council chairperson asked the district security committee to reinstate the Local Defense Unit members-LDU and Vigilantes. Jockus Masereka, the village chairperson for Nyabugando I cell explained that these voluntary able bodied people played a vital role during the ADF invasion in 1998.

In their brief report, the sub-county chairpersons of Karambi sub-county, Bwera sub-county, Kitholhu sub-county, Ihandiro sub-county, Nyakiyumbu and two town councils of Kanyatsi-Kithoma and Mpondwe-Lhubiriha proposed that a curfew should be imposed in the constituency.

Through their G- 8 Coordinator, Gregory Kombi Makotsa, the chairpersons proposed that the curfew should start at 10pm till 6am.

The local leaders also suggested that some businesses like bars and discos should be given operational limits.

Responding to their suggestions, the RDC said that he would forward their request to the higher security offices.

But, the State Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga told the press that business in the area has returned to normal.

Kabbyanga called upon the village chairpersons to strengthen their safety and security measures by reporting new people in their areas of command.

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