According to the residents, the heavy deployment is scaring them since they are now being denied access to the forest reserve. They say no one is currently allowed to step even at the entrance of the forest reserve since Wednesday this week
The Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of Congo was closed in March, as part of a lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Subsequently, the government heavily deployed teams comprising Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF and Uganda Police Force to guard the closed Border along the shores of Lake Albert.
Stephen Kamar, the Kagadi District Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network that police intervened and rescued the 14 casual laborers and transported them to Kagadi community hall in Kagadi town where they are currently being accommodated.
It is alleged that Turyatunga together with other officers under his command raided a mobile money outlet in Kigorobya town council operated by Sam Ziiwa and demanded 50,000 shillings to allow him to operate his business.
The victims are Lampard Owinji 26 and Denis Baraka 11 both residents of Rwengabi village kaseeta parish Kabwoya sub county Kikuube district. Owinji was shot in the hand and stomach while Baraka was shot in the back.
Dan Nkwasibye, a resident of Ketebere landing site in Kagadi district that borders DR Congo says no major efforts are being put in place in the area to curtail the possible outbreak of the disease despite the influx of Congolese in the area who are not screened.
In the wee hours of February 6, attackers who were reportedly armed with machetes, bows and arrows invaded the army detach at about 12:30 am, killed three UPDF soldiers and torched several huts before fleeing away.
Hassan Babyesiza, the Kasatu Village LC I Chairperson, says about 50 homesteads have been hit by bedbugs. He says the situation has forced some residents to flee their houses and abandon their household items. Some residents interviewed by URN called for quick intervention to stop the bugs from spreading further.