Night Raid Horror: 10 Lives Lost in Kamwenge District ADF Attack

KAMWENGE, WESTERN (UG)-At least 10 people were today morning killed following deadly attack by unknown assailants in Kamwenge district.

Police said the attack happened at around 2 am at Kyitehurizi Trading Center in Kyabandara Parish of Kamwenge Sub County located near Kibale National Park. 

Four bodies of the victims were burnt in the structure that housed a shop, a bar and a hotel, while six other victims were found guarding a maize farm and hacked to death by the assailants suspected to be Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants, who were armed with SMG rifles, according to authorities.

Vicent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Regional Police spokesperson, has identified some of the victims as Margaret Banyenzaki, 60, and 25-year-old Tugume. Identities of the other eight victims were yet to be established by press time. Twesige added that the assailants also set ablaze a motorcycle Registration Number UFC 851T, and reportedly headed towards Kibale National Park after the attack.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, confirmed that an operation is underway to apprehend the assailants, and appealed to the locals to be vigilant, adding that security has been heightened in Kamwenge following the night raid.

The IS-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are accused of having massacred thousands of civilians in DR Congo in recent years and of carrying out jihadist attacks on Ugandan soil.

Over 50 Civilians Killed in A Wake of A Failed Government-Rebel Dialogue

ETHIOPIA –More than 50 civilians were killed in attacks in Ethiopia last month, a human rights body has said, barely two weeks after talks between the government and a rebel group from the country’s most populous region ended without agreement.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission — an independent, state-affiliated body — said that fighters from the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), killed 17 people and burnt down villages in Benishangul-Gumuz, which borders the Oromia region.

Classified as a terrorist organization by Addis Ababa, the OLA has been fighting the government since 2018 after splitting from the Oromo Liberation Front when it renounced armed struggle. The Human Rights Commission said another 30 people were killed in Oromia’s Arsi zone in a string of attacks by unidentified assailants, and nine members of the Lutheran church.

All the attacks took place between November 23 and 29, after talks in Tanzania to put an end to five years of insurrection ended on November 21, with each side blaming the other for the breakdown.

Tragic Drone Strike Claims Five Lives in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region

ETHIOPIA –Five civilians have been killed in Ethiopia’s Amhara region after a drone strike hit an ambulance, according to witnesses.

Three other people, including a head of a local hospital, were injured in the incident that happened in the Wogel Tena town in North-Eastern Amhara.

The attack occurred last week but was only confirmed today due to communications restrictions imposed by the local authorities. The driver of the ambulance, a pharmacist and nearby construction workers were among those killed, witnesses told the BBC.

The federal forces are said to be using drones to target local militias as the violence that broke out in April continues to escalate.

Last month, the UN said it was troubled by drone strikes hitting civilian targets in Amhara after several people were killed in an attack on a school compound and a bus station.

Tragedy Strikes Nigeria: Air Strike Claims Lives of 85 Civilians in Kaduna State

NIGERIA-At least 85 civilians were killed in north-west Nigeria’s Kaduna state in an air strike during a Muslim religious celebration on Sunday, the local emergency management authority has said.

President Bola Tinubu said the civilians were killed in a bombing mishap, without giving a death toll, while State Governor Uba Sani said they were mistakenly killed by a military drone targeting terrorists and bandits.More than 60 people were admitted to hospital for treatment, officials said. The airstrike happened when villagers from Tundun Biri gathered for a religious festival on Sunday evening.

The defence ministry termed the operation a needless tragedy, adding that a routine mission against militants inadvertently affected members of the community.The head of the army, Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has apologized to the residents and paid a condolence visit to the village.

Nigeria’s military has for years been battling armed criminals and militants who have been operating in parts of northern Nigeria, raiding villages and kidnapping residents for ransom.

President Museveni Advocates For Streamlined Access to Climate Change Compensation Fund at UN COP28

KAMPALA (UG)-President Yoweri Museveni has told world leaders at the ongoing UN COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai that whereas Uganda welcomes the creation of a fund to help compensate countries struggling to cope with loss and damage caused by climate change, it should be free from the usual bureaucracies in accessing it.

The President’s call was in a speech read for him by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja who led the Ugandan delegation to COP28 in Dubai said on Saturday.On the opening day of the UN COP28 Climate Summit, nations agreed to create a fund that aims to provide financial assistance to nations most vulnerable and impacted by the effects of climate change.

To this, several nations started putting in money right away with the hosts, United Arab Emirates, and Germany each committed to donating $100 million (Shs380.4 billion). The loss and damage fund board will in January 2024 meet to discuss the structure of the fund and Uganda is one of the first seven countries to benefit from it.

Speaking on Saturday, President Museveni said while Uganda’s natural biodiversity presents important opportunities for adaptation and mitigation that can greatly contribute to global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of up to 24.7% by the year 2030, it is highly vulnerable to climatic shocks.

The president told the leaders that because Uganda is mindful of the rampant degradation and the associated impacts escalating climate change, government has come up with policies to protect and preserve our environment and biodiversity.He however noted that currently, only 10% of climate finance in Uganda reaches the local level, calling for the need to have this changed.

Uganda-DR Congo Border in Crisis as Mpondwe Bridge Collapse Paralyzes Traffic

KASESE-Traffic across the Mpondwe-Lhubiriha border has been paralysed after the Mpondwe Bridge that connects Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo collapsed, leaving people, especially the business community, stranded.

Anonymous sources that spoke to our reporter today said the bridge had already shown lines of weakness sometime back but efforts by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to have it fixed were not sufficient.Patrick Juma, a truck driver, revealed that they have resorted to using an alternative route adjacent to the broken one although its capacity can only allow passage of pedestrians, boda-bodas, and small vehicles.

Bwambale Miraji, a boda-boda rider, said they are at risk of being knocked by the heavy trucks that have resorted to using the small bridge but also stressed the challenge of congestion which leads to delays.

According to Lt Maate Magwara, the deputy Resident District Commissioner in charge of Bukonzo County, the bridge collapsed after continuous vandalism by unruly residents searching for scrap some months ago and the increase in the volume of water caused by the recent heavy rains.

He revealed that UNRA officials had been alerted already to put up an alternative bridge that will keep the heavy trucks moving since they carry merchandise to and from the DR Congo to keep the hopes of the business communities alive, with a few days to the festive season.

In an interview with our reporter, Allan Ssempebwa — the UNRA spokesperson, revealed that they have a long-term solution of putting up bigger box culverts at that section that will effectively support the drainage systems, adding that this plan has been in the pipeline and that the contractor has been identified to have this work done.

Explosion Claims Lives at Catholic Mass in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES –Four people were on Saturday 2nd of December, 2023 killed and nine wounded in an explosion at a Catholic Mass in the Philippines, officials say.

The incident occurred in a gymnasium at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in the city of Marawi in the wee hours of today morning.In 2017, the city was the scene of a five-month battle between government forces and militants with links to the Islamic State.

The university said it was deeply saddened and appalled by the senseless and horrific violence on the Christian community, noting that additional security staff had been deployed on its campus and that all academic activities would be suspended until further notice.

Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines, was yesterday evening hit by two powerful earthquakes, which prompted initial fears of a tsunami.

Malawi Set To Send 5000 Youths To Work In Israel Amidst War

NEWS-Malawi’s government has announced plans to send 5,000 youths to work on Israeli farms, despite criticism for sending 221 others to the Middle-East country last weekend.

The Malawian Information Minister, Moses Kunkuyu, told the BBC today that labour export in Africa and abroad has been on, in Malawi for decades

The minister defended the much-criticised move, saying it was part of the government’s ongoing program of providing employment to young people locally and abroad. Malawian opposition leader, Kondwani Nankhumwa, had yesterday bashed the government of endangering Malawians by sending them to a country at war.

Minister Kunkuyu, however, said that Israel has assured Malawi that its citizens will work in safe zones unaffected by the ongoing fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militia.The Malawians will replace some of the more than 10,000 foreign farm workers who have left Israel due to the war.