Sources in Fort Portal, Western Uganda tell AfroAmerica Network that a new rebellion has opened a front in Western Uganda over the last few weeks. The new rebellion has allegedly been attacking the positions and barracks of the Ugandan army UPDF, in and around the town of Mubende, in Bundibugyo district.
The rebels have also been destroying police stations, killing police officers, and seizing a lot of weapons abandoned by the fleeing troops and police.
Bundibugyo, a pocket of rebellions.
Bundibugyo district lies close to the Ruwenzori mountains, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For two decades, the area has been a stronghold of another armed rebellion, the Allied Democratic Front (ADF), that has been battling the UPDF. ADF rebels benefited from the porous border with the DRC, and have conducted their military activities inside both DRC and Uganda. In recent months, ADF has been the target of United Nations Intervention Brigade (UN IB) and DRC government troops, FARDC. UN IB and FARDC have managed to destroy most of the positions of ADF inside Eastern DRC. Hence, it is believed that the new rebellion is either ADF regrouping or an ADF splinter group.
The new rebellion has launched several attacks over the last weeks. However, the attack on Saturday July 5 , 2014 was the most intense and effective. The rebels destroyed several police stations and army barracks and seized weapons and a local radio, the Voice of Bundibugyo. They used the radio to broadcast their pamphlet.