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Man Arrested With Five Grenades in Kasese

The frail-looking old man distanced himself from the recovered items. Bilhwana is believed to be part of the group that has been targeting security installations in Kasese, Bunyangabu, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo the districts.

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Kasese police have arrested a 72-year-old man in possession of five grenades. The suspect is Eriya Bilhwana, a resident of Bigando village in Kitswamba Sub County Kasese District.

Bilhwana was picked up by the army from his residence at Kihyo Trading Centre on Saturday morning following a long wait. The army stormed Bilhwana's residence on Friday night and ordered him to open in vain prompting them to wait until Saturday morning.

He was found with five sound flash grenades, a hammer, a knife and several documents. The documents included two letters addressed to Rwenzururu Security Minister briefing him about the 2014 attack that claimed the lives of elven people including the family of Corporal Grace Niwamanya in Bigando.

Some of the documents seen by URN list the names of ten people who raided Bigando and another ten people who were targeted by Kilhumira Muthima, a local militia group signed by the suspect.

The frail-looking old man distanced himself from the recovered items. Bilhwana is believed to be part of the group that has been targeting security installations in Kasese, Bunyangabu, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo the districts.

Colonel Keith Katungi, 309 Hima Battalion Commander, says intelligence has been trailing Bilhwana for his involvement in criminal activities.

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According to Katungi, security has been able to establish that the suspect has been working with some elements in the Democratic Republic of Congo to smuggle ammunition into Uganda.

Clarence Bwambale, the Rwenzururu Kingdom spokesperson, says Rwenzururu a peace-loving institution, adding that Bilhwana should be dealt with in accordance with the dictates of the law.

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Justus Asaba Bwambale, the Buhuhira Sub County LC III Chairperson, warns residents against getting involved in terror activities.

Bwambale said it is unfortunate that despite the instability that have rocked the area, there are still pockets of people who to destabilize the relative peace.

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Lt. Col James Mwesigye, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner appealed to residents to resist from propaganda and witchcraft.

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Mwesigye urges the people of Kasese to remain vigilant and alert in case they become suspicious, saying the recovered grenades could have been used to kill innocent people. In June, the army detonated a grenade at Mawa Market in Kasese town.