UPDF Commander Attacked By Machete-wielding Men

The Commanding Officer of the 7th UPDF battalion based in Kisoro district, Major Saul Nabimanya, is admitted at Nakasero Hospital in critical condition after being attacked by men armed with machetes.

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The Commander is said to have been attacked by the thugs on Wednesday at around 9pm in Kisoro Town Council.

Nabimanya was on Thursday afternoon airlifted from Kisoro Hospital where he had been admitted and transferred to Nakasero Hospital.

Three other people, a lady and two men, whose identities have been withheld, were also injured in the attack on Major Nabimanya and are now admitted at Mutolere Hospital.

The machete-wielding men inflicted serious injuries on the commanding officer.

Major Roland Kankurungu, the 2nd Division Army Spokesperson, confirms the incident and says that investigations are underway to ensure that those behind the act face the wrath of the law.

Our reporter was unable to get a comment from the Management of Nakasero Hospital. Police in Kisoro has arrested four people who include Irangunda Gerald,  Gadi Kwehangana, Rigans Niwagaba and one only known as Rudehe in connection with the attack.

Kigezi Region Police spokesperson Elly Maate says that some of the suspects are habitual criminals who were this week released from Kisoro Prison on charges of simple robbery.

Maate says the suspects claim that they have again been falsely accused and innocently imprisoned.

The attack comes at a time when the Police and the army are working together to curb down the raising insecurity in the area.

Recently Brigadier Peter Elwelu, the 2nd Division Commander, revealed that the UPDF is working together with the Police to weed out criminals who returned after being defeated during the M23 war in the DRC in late 2013.

The move `followed several incidents in which lives have been lost.

On 10th August, unidentified gunmen waylaid two foreign tourists and robbed them at Kiyoora along the Kabale-Bunyonyi road. The tourists were identified as Samuel Wanyaga, a Kenyan National and his Swedish counterpart Daniel Lanti.

The duo was injured in the attack after the gunmen opened fire. A few days earlier, unidentified gunmen had also shot dead Lawrence Twinomuhangi, a receptionist at Kabale Little Ritz Hotel.

Twinomuhangi was killed after he reportedly tried to block the gunmen from accessing the hotel to rob tourists who had checked in.

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