The Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has
distanced itself from a group of soldiers who raided the home of a resident of
Mbarara district over the weekend and attempted to arrest him.
soldiers accompanied by a Special Police Constable stormed Ahimbisibwe’s home
in Kibwijo village in Rubindi Sub County to arrest him over a land dispute. Lt Col. Remmy Mutabazi, the acting second
Division Army Spokesperson, says the three soldiers acted on their own.
He, however, says their mission failed after when Ahimbisibwe two of the soldiers
with a machete. According to Mutabazi, the suspects including Polly
Tumushabe, a local Defense Unit personnel attached to the 17th battalion
Kakiri, Private Rogers Amumpe from the 508 brigade, Private Mathias Akuguzibwe
from the 89 battalions and special police constable Ejudius Tumwijuye from Rubindi
Police post are in custody.
Mutabazi says the soldiers had just completed a junior
non-commissioned officer’s course and were on pass leave.
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He says that preliminary investigations show
that Tumwijukye and Tumushabe are embroiled in a land dispute with Ahimibisibwe
and they appear to have influenced the soldiers to act on their behalf.
Mutabazi explains that Ahimbisibwe hacked Akuguzibwe and Amumpe as they tried
to force their way into the house.
They are receiving treatment at the second
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Andrew Agume, the Officer in charge of Rubindi
police station, says that they were surprised about the operation since neither
him nor the area LC I chairperson was aware. He says the residents woke up to
loud noise and got suspicious when the officers dressed in army uniform kept
banging Ahimbisibwe’s door.
Francis Bitanuzire, the Rubindi Gombolola
Internal Security Officer, says the soldiers invaded the home of Ahimbisibwe’s
mother after midnight and started beating her while forcing her to ask her son
to open the door. He says that hearing the attack on his mother, Ahimbisibwe
opened the door armed with a machete to rescue his mother and cut the
According to Bitanuzire, residents overpowered
the soldiers and beat them before calling police to apprehend them. Ahimbisibwe
confirms the wrangle but says that he did not expect that the matters would go too
far. According to Mutabazi, the soldiers will appear before the court martial
after the conclusion of their investigations.