BY ELLY NYESIGA
Police today Feb. 08,2017 was forced to use tear gas and fire live bullets to disperse angry residents of kashina A cell, Kashozwa parish in Rugaga Sub county, Isingiro district who were protesting the arrest of their colleagues.
The scuffle started earlier this morning when residents complained to local officials over the refugees’ encroachment on their motherland neighboring Nakivale settlement camp.
Police early this morning at around 9am made arrests of 6 people said to be ring leaders in attacking Nakivale camp and on hearing of the arrests, residents mobilized themselves blocked the road heading to the camps.
The angry residents went ahead and destroyed all the posts heading to Nakivale saying that they can’t leave a misery life on their own land when refugees are rejoicing.
Police intervened to clear traffic on road but locals started throwing stones to Nakivale police until when the Mbarara police was called to calm down the situation on reaching it started shooting bullets and teargasing locals to create sanity in the area.
Among the arrested include; LC III Chairman Rugaga sub county Matthias Tushabomwe, others are Ndugu Paul, Suwed Mubanza, Joshua Turyamureba, Allen Bihabwa and Benon Turyamureba all resident of Rugaga sub-county.
The Rwizi region police commander Robert Walugembe said that further arrests will be made and the culprits will be taken to court and charged with malicious damage.
He further urged the residents to resist from being miss lead by the chairman LC5 Isingiro district Jeremiah Birungi kamurali over this re-opening of the Nakivale camp demarcations saying the office of the prime minister is handling the matter
The Nakivale refugee camp commandant Johnbosco Ssentamu says they were blocked from accessing their offices, he is now calling up on the relevant authorities to intervene because the situation is worsening.