Kyegegwa Church Attack: Security Operatives Kill Suspect

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In a telephone interview, Mary Baguma Nyakwera, the RDC Kyegegwa told Uganda Radio Network that the two suspects who were killed are known in the area and one of them was identified by the father.

Security operatives have gunned down one of the man suspected to be part of the gang, which raided Kyegegwa Church last week and killed two people and injured three others. Asaph Tumuhimbise was killed on Friday evening in a joint operation conducted by the UDPF, police and crime preventers. The UPDF Rwenzori Region spokesperson, Lt. Nisiima Rwamijuma said the suspect was killed at Misika hills near the Muzizi River in Kibaale district.  

This is the second suspect killed in connection with the Kyegegwa church attack. On Tuesday, security operatives killed another suspect Abdul Aziz Monday and arrested James Muhammad Kahungu after they were trapped in an ambush, but one suspect managed to escape. Nisiima says that Tumuhimbise was killed inside a cave where he had been hiding since the church attack last week.

Inside the caves, blood stained machetes, arrows and axes were recovered. He says that Tumuhimbise was given chance to surrender but refused. According to Nisiima, they are still interrogating Kahungu to know their motives. In a telephone interview, Mary Baguma Nyakwera, the RDC Kyegegwa told Uganda Radio Network that the two suspects who were killed are known in the area and one of them was identified by the father.

Last week’s attack on the church happened as an overnight prayer meeting was going on. 18-year-old Beatrice Mukashaka, who was attending the service, was hacked to death, while three others, including a one-year-old baby were injured. Grace Mwine, a cop was shot as police moved in to arrest the suspects. Since the church attack, the army and police have been deployed in Hapuyo to pursue the attackers.

After the incident, several residents fled their homes, but have since returned following the heavy deployment. The UPDF and police insist that the attackers are thugs and not rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.