At least nine people and two Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF)
soldiers have been injured in clashes at Mabuye village in Luweero district.
It is alleged that the clashes started after the residents mistook the UPDF soldiers
to be cattle thieves and attacked the soldiers with pangas. The soldiers attached to
Nakasongola Army barracks were allegedly on military training in the nearby
The injured have been identified as Steven Kuteesa, the LC 1
Chairperson, Allan Jjumba, Francois Makobero, Vincent Mukumbya, Steven Kiraga,
Brian Ssemujju, Muhamadi Masolo, Ronald Kamoga and Steven Katuluba.
The two UPDF men injured are not yet identified, but have reportedly been
rushed to Nakasongola Army Hospital for treatment.
Steven Kuteesa Sunday, the LC 1 Chairperson of Mabuye in Kamira Sub County
explains that he received a call from a resident informing him that there were
armed men loitering in the village at around midnight and could be planning to
steal their cattle.
Kuteesa explains that he mobilized the residents who turned up to look for the
men and arrested them only to find out that they are UPDF soldiers.
He adds that the UPDF soldiers disarmed and undressed the residents before they were
beaten and many left nursing injuries. Kuteesa says they pleaded to the
soldiers to let them go, but all in vain.
Steven Katuluba, another resident said they sustained severe
injuries on the chest, head and other body parts .
// Cue in: “Era emigo….
Edward Ssenyonyi, the LC 3 Chairperson of Kamira sub-county has criticized the
UPDF men for conducting military training in the villages without notifying
Ssenyonyi has asked UPDF to transfer the injured to the hospital
for treatment since they are the ones who erred leading to the scuffle.
// Cue in: “Ekizibu ekyabadde…
Cue out;…babadde bamagye”//
Neither Luweeero District Police Commander Rebecca Ayeta nor Savannah Regional
Bosco Otim were willing to comment on the incident saying they were not aware
of the training being conducted in the area.
Major Isaac Oware, the Spokesperson of Nakasongola Army Barracks confirmed the
incident saying the soldiers acted in defence after they were attacked by armed
Oware insists that the local leaders were notified about the training and this
is normal procedure but the residents only wanted to provoke the soldiers.
He advised those injured to seek medical treatment because as UPDF they have no
plan to do so since the residents are the ones who attacked them leaving some
of their officers also injured.
He, however, made it clear that both Police and UPDF officers are
on ground to investigate the matter.