By Alex Baluku
Bullets on Sunday rocked Nyakalengijyo cell in Nyakalengijyo ward of
Ibanda-Kyanya Town Council as there was a confrontation between the
Uganda People’s Defence Forces Soldiers and a section of members
within the community.
Trouble ensued when some soldiers attempted to arrest a one Ronald
Muhindo, a bar owner at the trading centre.
It is alleged that previously, Muhindo had been embroiled in a
conflict with some soldiers when one of them raided his bar and
allegedly attempted to rape one of his employees, Maria Biira.
Isaac Kule, the Nyakalengijyo trading centre chairperson says the
scuffle escalated as the soldiers who were clad in plain-clothes tried
to lead Muhindo to the Military detach in Mihunga instead of taking
him to the police post at Ibanda-Kyanya Town Council head quarters.
Apparently, the soldiers wanted Muhindo to pay for the damages that one of the soldiers sustained when he was beaten for attempting to
rape a bartender.
This, he says, compelled other members of the community, who were
afraid that once he is placed under military detention, he would be
tortured, to descend on the soldiers.
As a result, live bullets were shot forcing the trading centre to come
to an early closure. In the fracas, two people including a UPDF
officer also sustained injuries and three others have been arrested in
connection to inciting violence.
An impromptu meeting between community leaders and the army convened
by Lt Col Martin Komakech, the commander at Rukoki barracks has since
been held at Rwenzori Mountaineering Services-RMS Headquarters in
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