MPs poke holes in government’s statement on Kasese attack


The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has presented a statement on the suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Kasese that has prompted MPs to raise pertinent questions.

The attack on Lhubiriha Mpondwe secondary school also known as Peter Hunter SS Nyabugando School left 43 people dead including, 37 students, a security guard, and 4 other civilians.

In his statement presented before plenary yesterday afternoon, Minister Ssempijja labelled the ADF rebels as a weak force that carries out such heinous acts as a diversion strategy to detract the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) from attacking them in Congo and to also show the world that they still exist.

He also says the attack was well planned out as each of the about 10 terrorists entered the country individually and not as a group.

Ssempijja however said investigations are ongoing to establish and get answers as to why they were not seen by both citizens and security and why there was no identification or suspicion of new/strange faces.

However, a number of MPs from Kasese including Florence Kabugho, the Kasese Woman MP accused the Minister of telling lies and demanded to know where the security officers were at the time the school was attacked.

Ferigo Kambale, the Kasese Municipality MP, has equally demanded for more UPDF deployment in the district.

In his response, Ssempija said “In this case of Kasese, the information was late, inaccurate and the small group was able to infiltrate with the assistance of some collaborators. That is why some of them have already been arrested to help in investigations,”

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