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KASESE SCHOOL ATTACK: UPDF Urged To Revive Cooperation With Civilians

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An attack on Lhubiriha secondary school in Mpondwe near the Ugandan boarder with DRC last Saturday has elicited mixed reactions with several people drawing at laxity and gaps with the intelligence and patrols by the UPDF and other sister agencies.

With in the past one week, bodies of those slaughtered by the ADF have since been buried, those burnt beyond recognition are pending DNA tests at Fort portal Regional refferal hospital before they’re handed over to their relatives. Government has given UGX5m to families of the victims, those injured have been discharged from the Bwela hospital in Kasese.

Security has also made a wider scope to probe possible wrangles with the school as the cause of the attack, consequently the Director of the school, the head teacher and other 20 people have been arrested to aid in the investigation as security has since connected them to the ADF rebels.

UPDF also confirmed that 3 students escaped from the rebels and have since been given to their families though the force’s spokesperson Brig Felix Kulaigye didn’t divulge details of their return and their story on what happened.

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Operations have also seen some ADF rebels killed in the jungles as the terrorist group become lethal despite government of Uganda and Congo sacntioning operations against this group which has been behind several attacks and killings in the Eastern part of Congo for the past 25 years.

Now politicians and analysts have attributed the attack to laxity by the security forces in the area since the school is surrounded by an army division headquarter, a police division barracks, a police, another UPDF detach.

Legislators also punched holes in the statement by the minister of defense Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja sighting several gaps and speaker has since set up a committee to go on ground to ascertain some facts.

Appearing on NTV, former Kasese municipality legislator Robert Centenary has wondered how UPDF heavily deployed during the recently Busongora by-elections but shortage of personnel in such a vulnerable situation gave room to the attackers.

“If a person from Kasese observed heavy UPDF deployment during the recent by-election in Busongora South, they might wonder why there seems to be a shortage of security personnel in their ara on regular days”-says Robert Centenary

Security analyst Lubwama Mukubabyasi says the occurrence of the attack revealed gaps with the security apparatus especially with patrols at the boarder but this should instead give lessons to avoid such attacks.

“The occurrence of an attack on a school within a 2km radius of the DRC border suggests that the night patrols of the UPDF are ineffective. It is essential for us to acknowledge these gaps and learn valuable lessons from this incident”-says Lubwama.

Lubwama further thinks there seems to be lack of cooperation between the UPDF and Civilians something which is paramount especially in reporting or sharing news about people they don’t understand well in the community.

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