In June this year, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Jane Frances Abodo, withdrew all charges against the accused. According to the Western Region Amnesty Commission coordinator, Ronald Ssakatawa, they are encouraging all persons engaged in rebel activities to come out and abandon them.
Mumbere commended the efforts of security agencies in combating the ADF rebels but emphasized the need for close collaboration with the local community to ensure the total defeat of such groups. He highlighted that the insecurity caused by rebel elements poses a significant threat to peace and the general development of Rwenzori.
Funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the project will involve collaboration with the local governments of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kanungu, and Kanungu, in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA and Civil Society.
Nyakiyumbu Sub-county chairperson Sunday Peter Kakule says that the idea of having local vigilantes would work best for them due to the several porous border points that the suspected rebels have taken advantage of to attack local communities in Kasese.
Speaking to URN in Kasese, the District Resident Commissioner, Lt. Joe Walusimbi, emphasized that they are actively mobilizing the community to be vigilant and to report any individuals they suspect of criminal activity or collaboration with criminals.
Army spokesperson Brig Felix Kulayigye says that a joint team of UPDF, Uganda Police Force and Uganda Wildlife Authority personnel have been deployed to track down the attackers. He noted that these isolated cases are used by ADF as a tactic to divert the UPDF who are pursuing them in DRC.
Moses Tsutsu , the LC III chairperson of Isango sub-county says the community that does business and farming across the border has abandoned its work fearing that the suspected rebels could waylay them.
David Amanya Mukanyeki was riding a motorcycle registration number UFW 388 N TVS coming from Fort Portal heading to Kasese when he rammed into a parked Mercedes ML registration number UAP 780L and died on the spot.
Speaking to his subjects on Wednesday at Kilembe Golf Course in Kasese Municipality blamed the incidents on wrong elements who created baseless stories against him, sparking a conflict with the government.
Mutuzo cautioned the subjects not to mix politics with the institution arguing that the King and the Kingdom leadership must be given space to perform their cultural roles including uniting all parties.
The Nyamugasani River, fed by the melting glaciers from the Rwenzori Mountains, flows into Lake Edward. Along with other major rivers like Mubuku and Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani has consistently posed challenges to the local communities in Kasese when it floods.
The homecoming organizing committee, along with the three pillars of the Kingdom, which include the Royal Family, Kingdom Veterans, and Chieftains, had initially set a budget of Shillings 9 billion for this event.
Major General Dick Olum, the overall commander of Operation Shujja, emphasized that the rescued individuals would undergo rehabilitation before their complete reintegration into their respective communities.