INTERNAL Affairs Minister-Rose Akol

Kasese attackers want secession-Minister

Internal Affairs Minister Rose Akol has said what happened in Kasese is the silent agitation for a creation of Yiira republic.

While address the press conference today, Akol, said investigations are being carried out and government appeals to the people of Kasese in particular and the entire population to remain calm.

“We are aware that some of the attackers harbor sectarian tendencies and are thus a threat to the community.  Some of the community members have already given very vital information to the Police regarding this” reads the statement.

Adding “Government is aware that some of these attackers are part of the bigger group that believes in the selfish reason to break away and form the so called ‘Yiira Republic”

Below is the Minister’s statement

On Thursday, 10th March 2016, soldiers on duty were attacked in Hima, Kasese by certain criminals who were armed with machetes, knives and other crude weapons. Two of the attackers were shot dead.

Their motive is yet to be established. Government has increased security presence and is conducting deep investigations.
On Friday evening while trying to establish an operational base, Commissioner of Police Jacob Opolot who is the Commander of Field Force Police in the region was also attacked sustaining a broken leg. His bodyguard-One SPC Mbusa Joel was stabbed in the head, chest and back and his gun taken. SPC Joel is in very critical situation and is still in hospital. His gun has since been recovered.

Other officers injured include CPL Rwotsongeyo Robert, CPL Otobe Robert, and CPL Sentongo Moses. Four (4) soldiers of the UPDF who were re enforcing were also wounded in the attack and are steadily recovering. Five (5) of the attackers were put out of action.

We are aware that some of the attackers harbor sectarian tendencies and are thus a threat to the community.  Some of the community members have already given very vital information to the Police regarding this.

Government is aware that some of these attackers are part of the bigger group that believes in the selfish reason to break away and form the so called ‘Yiira Republic’.  As H.E the President has reminded some of the leaders in Kasese only as recently as Thursday, the constitution of Uganda guarantees all Ugandans to enjoy their rights and outlaws sectarian.  Uganda is one Country with freedoms of association and belonging, and these are rights that are bestowed upon Ugandans by the Supreme Constitution.

As more investigations are being carried out, Government appeals to the people of Kasese in particular and the entire population to remain calm.  The Inspector General of Police is already in the area to assess the situation and more information will be given in due course. We appeal to any body with Information to give it to the security personnel on the ground.

However, any citizen who acts in a manner contrary to the established laws will be dealt with.

Government will give updated information on this and on any further actions.

Rose Akol
Minister for Internal Affairs