Residents in the Kasese region, near the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border, are living in fear after an ambush by suspected rebels. The incident occurred on Friday morning when the rebels attacked a box body truck with registration number UBN 624L in Katholhu village, located along the Kasese-Mpondwe border highway, just under a kilometer from Rusese barracks.
The targeted truck was transporting onions to the Mpondwe market in the neighboring DRC. Tragically, two of the truck’s occupants lost their lives in the attack. The victims have been identified as Matovu Joseph, 31, a resident of Kyengera town council in Wakiso district, and Biira Nzoghera, 43, a resident of Nyakahya village in Mpondwe Lhubiriha town council, Kasese district.
Two other occupants of the truck survived but sustained bullet wounds. They are Arsen Munezero, 28, from Kisoro district, and Biira Edreda, 37, a resident of Rugendabara town council in Kasese district. Following this incident, the local community, which engages in business and farming across the border, has become apprehensive and has abandoned their activities due to the fear of potential rebel attacks.
Moreen Biira, a resident of Bwera town, expressed her concerns, drawing parallels to a previous ADF rebel attack in June on Mpondwe Lubiriha secondary school, where more than 40 people, mostly students, lost their lives. She called on security authorities to increase UPDF (Uganda People’s Defense Forces) deployment in the area and conduct more frequent patrols.
Peter Kakule, the LCIII chairperson of Nyakiyumbu sub-county, urged the government to enhance security operations along the porous border. He emphasized that the border has often been exploited by suspected rebels from the DRC to cause disturbances in Uganda.
In response to these security concerns, Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, assured the public that security measures in the district have been strengthened to ensure the safety of the community.