The four Katembo Kombe (21), Thembo Mutima (15), Kambale Kombo (23), and Kasereka Jean (23), together with the late Kasereka Nguchi (23) are said to have been part of a large Mai-Mai group that was intercepted by UPDF 5 Mountain Battalion in Bwera.
Kicumbi Laston, a trucker from Zambia told URN that they loaded goods from South Africa destined for Congo through Mpondwe but they were told by clearing agents upon arrival at the border that they could not proceed with their journey because of insecurity in Eastern DRC.
According to Col. Wanyama, they have killed 20 suspected ADF rebels and recovered over 10 guns and various calibers of ammunition over the past month. Wanyama, who shared the sector operation status report with URN, said that whereas the ADF threat still exists, the trend of violence has reduced enabling many people who had fled to Uganda to return to their communities and resume a normal life.
Eng. Ananthula Nagendra, the project coordinator from DOTT Services Limited says they are working in short phases because they were guided to limit their operation to a network of only 20 Kms because it’s what the UPDF and FADRC forces can secure at a time.
Information released by David Mugenyi, a resettlement commandant in the Office of the Prime-OPM shows that only 1056 refugees were temporarily resettled at the Bwera Teachers Training College playground by Wednesday.
Milton Kule Mburara, the Kithoma/Kanyansi Town Council LC III chairperson, says that the asylum seekers started arriving on Monday night and were registered at Kanyansi playground, which is acting as a temporary reception centre.
The Operation overall Commander, Maj. General Kayanja Muhanga says the additional zonal forces will be essential in providing security for the population that is returning to their homes that have been secured from the ADF.
Amanda Magambo coordinator for Regional peace and security for the project under the Ministry of Internal Affairs-MIA says a joint permanent commission between Uganda and DRC directed cross-border cluster meetings on a quarterly basis to harmonies on community concerns.
In a joint press statement issued by UPDF spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwas and her Congolese army counter Maj Gen Leon Richard Kasonga Cibangu on Monday, it says the armed group is harboring sinister clandestine plans deliberately intended to sabotage the military actions against ADF and the joint discredited the operation.
Kasese RDC Lt. Joe Walusimbi says that the move is meant to regulate the fish business and help the domestic market also thrive. He says that once the local fish market is deserted it hurts the local economy.
It re-emerged in February, nine months after another outbreak in the same province was declared over. Eleven confirmed cases and one probable case resulting in six deaths and six recoveries were recorded in four health zones in North Kivu, from February 7, when the Ministry of Health announced the resurgence of Ebola in Butembo, close to the border with Uganda.
The two are said to have met their death around 1PM on Sunday afternoon. According to family sources, the duo went to pick up the head teacher, Anthony Mading from Rumbek where he stays with his family using the school land cruiser. But they were stopped by their assailants at Tikic.
Over 600 residents, living on small plots of land in Kanyangeya ward near the airfield were affected by the planned works. But several of them say that they were forced to sign agreements consenting to the sale of their land without addressing their grievances.
JGeorge Jawakongo, a security officer from Uganda Railways Corporation says they have already asked Kasese Municipal authorities and police to evict encroachers, who settle within 30 meters from the railway line as soon as possible.
The RDC said the group has been named â€˜Sikiryamuba' a Lukhonzo word loosely translated â€œCowards never rule.â€ The RDC explains that Sikiryamuba is a formation of the remnants of the group that conducted the July 5 attacks in which over 100 people were killed in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.
The chairman of the Katwe-Kabatoro landing site John Tinkasiimire Makasi says that Congolese fishermen move with several nets in the vessels and tamper with breeding places on the Ugandan side, hence threatening the fish stocks.
Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo, Kasese LC V chairperson has made another appeal to residents to return to their homes and embark on cultivation saying their safety is guaranteed. He argues that the Congolese soldiers who crossed into Uganda were also seeking for a peaceful place to live in.