Two pieces of anti-tank landmines and more than 9,000 rounds of
live ammunition have been recovered abandoned in Palabek Kal Sub County, Lamwo
The bombs were recovered on Monday by the Uganda Peoples Defense
Force (UPDF) soldiers following a tip-off by farmers who were cultivating their gardens in Bigwen and Rubanga hills in Ayuu Alali.
Lamwo Resident District Commissioner James Kidega Nabinson says that the bombs are believed to have been abandoned by fleeing Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group since they were recovered in an area
that was a stronghold of the rebels.
He says that the calibres of bombs recovered are the type used to
destroy buildings and armoured vehicles and tanks.
According to Kidega, the bombs and each of the bullet casings had
Arabic words inscribed on them.
Cue in: “you know war....
Cue out: ......still okay”
Cue out: ......owan dano”
Robert Komakech, the farmer who discovered the ordnances says that
the government should clear all unexploded ordnances in the area. He says that
some farmers have been forced to abandon their gardens for fear of being killed
by the ordnances.
Cue in: “we got this...
Cue out...the ammunition”
Cue in: “gin eni ni....
Cue out ...kit enoni”
Kidega says the discovery is an indication that the area is not
yet free of unexploded ordinances.
He says that his office has embarked on a risk awareness campaign
for the public to take precautions of any suspicious objects that should be
reported to the security personnel.