10 illegal guns recovered in Kasese
Posted Saturday, February 23 2013 at 02:16
Security agencies in Kasese District have recovered 10 guns from residents who had acquired them illegally. The Kasese Resident District Commissioner, Mr Milton Odongo, said the rifles were recovered from different parts of the district.
Mr Odongo said the guns were reportedly used by criminals.
He said investigations have revealed that some killings in the district are as a result of internal conflicts which people must not relate to the Allied Democratic Front rebellion.
“Many of these murders in the district result from land-related conflicts, domestic violence and robbery, but not rebels as some people claim,” Mr Odongo, who chairs the district security committee, said while addressing journalists recently.
But he said the security agencies could not rule out the possibility of rebel activities since they are still in eastern DR Congo.
Security agencies have reportedly observed that many guns used to kill people were left behind during the ADF insurgency.
There has been a widespread outcry in the district about regular cases of people being shot by unidentified assailants.
The Second Division commander, Brig. Patrick Kankiriho, said most guns used in Kasese were given to communities during the ADF war but they were not disarmed after the ADF were defeated and fled to DR Congo.
“It is true government armed some people during the war but it has never disarmed them. Even our soldiers who deserted the force have never handed over the guns and they are among those used to terrorise the people,” Brig. Kankiriho said.
He said due to public outcry about illegal use of arms in Kasese, the UPDF had decided to hunt for deserters who never handed over their guns .
He advised people not to mix issues of security with politics, saying such perception may result into instability.