By Steven Ainganiza
KASESE. Security operatives in Kasese district have arrested a 72-year-old man for allegedly being in possession of five bombs.
Eriya Bilhwana who was the former commander of Rwenzururu Royal Guards in Bigando hails from Bigando village, Kitswamba Subcounty, Kasese district.
The suspect was arrested after being found in possession of five bombs in Kihyo trading center, Buhuhira subcounty, Kasese district.
Kasese Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Lt. Col. James Mwesigye explains that they were tipped off by the residents who said that the suspect had acquired the weapons from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
He narrates that UPDF raided his home and recovered five bombs.
RDC says that there are some royal guards who fled to Democratic Republic of Congo during the November 2016 Rwenzururu bloody clashes after the security operatives raided the palace.
Lt. Col. James Mwesigye however explains that since after the Rwenzururu kingdom palace raid, the region has been peaceful and stable.
Brig Keith Katungi, the UPDF Commander 309 battalion says they suspect Bihwana to have been behind the murder of one of the family members of UPDF officer identified as Nuwamanya in Bigando village, Kitswamba Subcounty, Kasese district.
The arrest comes just hours after the Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu assured the people of Kasese and western region in general that the Uganda Peoples' Defence Force (UPDF) is very determined to keep the country peaceful from both internal and foreign disturbances of any kind.
While passing out 1917 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel who have been undergoing vigorous basic military training for four months since the 3rd of March 2018 at Hima, Kasese District on Saturday, Maj Gen Elwelu informed the gathering that there are negative forces in Eastern DRC who want to come and destabilize the peace Ugandans are enjoying but was quick to add that they were being monitored and will be dealt with accordingly.