8 guns recovered after Rwenzori attacks

Police and army have recovered eight guns out of the 20 lost during last Saturday ethnic clashes in the Rwenzori region.

The army’s 2nd Division spokesperson, Maj Ronald Kakurungu, said on Friday three guns had been recovered in Ngamba Sub-county, one in Harugali Sub-county, both in Bughendera County. Other guns were recovered
in Bundibugyo Town. Nine tear gas canisters and 168 live ammunitions were also recovered.
The clashes that hit Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts left more than 90 civilians and security personnel dead.
Later, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) announced amnesty to anyone who hands over a gun lost during the clashes that targets both civilians and security units.

“We have put an amnesty to suspects to return the guns. We issued a statement that people should feel free to bring the guns or drop them at any place where leaders can see them and this has worked so far,” said Mr
Kakurungu.

He said the guns and other items were found abandoned in the villages and local leaders alerted the army to pick them.
Security is still tight in the three districts with heavy military and police deployment. Calmness has been restored and business has resumed normally.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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