JUNE 7, 2010: Kayihura Rushes to Masaka Over Fresh Rebel Scare

Kayihura Rushes to Masaka Over Fresh Rebel Scare
SOURCE: The Monitor
Police chief Maj.Gen. Kale Kayihura, has gone to Kyanamukaka Sub-county in Masaka District to ascertain reports that there is a rebel group operating in the area.

This followes the murder of Scovia Nakalawa and her daughter Sylvia Nankabirwa last week by suspected rebels.

Nakalawa's son David Mawejje was severely injured in the attack and is receiving treatment at Masaka Referral Hospital.

Maj. Gen. Kayihura visited the victim's home at Miwololo village, at Kalokoso Landing Site.

Addressing residents , Maj. Gen. Kayihura dismissed claims that the attack was carried by rebels.

He attributed increased cases of murder to contractual killers in the area.

Mr Angelo Ssenyomo, the LC I chairman Miwololo village said residents are living in fear because of the increased murders.

Maj. Kale Kayihura ordered Masaka Central Police Station to open police posts in the sub county and provide 3 motorcycles for police patrols.

In 2009, 66 people were killed in Masaka District by suspected rebels.

Thirteen of the 66 murders occurred in Kyanamukaka Sub-county.

Most of the victims were hacked to death and little or nothing was robbed from them.

UN Human Rights Boss wants Karamoja Disarmament Process Investigated Kampala.

The United Nations Human Rights Chief, Ms Navi Pillay has urged the Ugandan government to investigate violations of human rights during army operations to disarm residents of Karamoja.

Ms Pillay said in a statement made at the weekend that the disarmament exercise was often violent and had led to loss of life.

Ms Pillay called for fair, transparent and impartial investigation into three incidents earlier this year.

She said each case was violent and had led to the death of many civilians including women, children and the elderly.

Mr Pillay was speaking at the end of a four-day visit to Uganda where she attended the review conference of the International Criminal Court.

She said she was aware that the government's aim in Karamoja was to disarm trouble-makers and to stop the heft of cattle, but noted that the process was flawed and to some extent counter-productive.

The particularly violent incidents sited include one in anuary which involved helicopter gunships.

The raid left at least 13 people dead, including six children.

Other deadly attacks occurred in April.