Four people have been critically injured after a suspected bomb exploded at Kalagala village in Wakyato sub county in Nakaseke district.
The injured have been identified Ernest Ssendawula, the village chairman, his Vice Tom Ssendege and a resident John Lubagira. The fourth person is Francis Kizza the Vice Chairman of National Resistance Movement for Wakyato sub county
Christopher Sseguya Kiwanuka, the Nakaseke District Councillor for Wakyato sub county explains that the four were injured after a suspected bomb they had picked from a resident’s garden fell and exploded.
Sseguya says that the explosive was firs sighted by children who were digging and alerted the vice chairman Tom Ssendege, who picked it and brought it to the Chairman Ssendawula to notify the Gombolola Security Officer. He however notes as they were still checking, it accidentally dropped on the ground before exploding and injuring them.
Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that Policemen commanded by Nakaseke District Police Commander Sulait Kitaka later arrived at the scene and transferred the victims to Kiwoko hospital for treatment.He adds that Police is still investigating the incident and will brief media later.
Speaking from Kiwoko hospital, the LC 1 Chairman Ernest Ssendawula says that his leg has been shattered while the resident had his genitals shattered.
It is highly believed that the bomb could have been left by militias of the National Resistance Army during the 1981-1986 war which ushered in President Yoweri Museveni in power.
The explosion has evoked fear that the area is not free of war materials. Several residents have been killed and other injured after bombs allegedly abandoned in bushes exploded in the Nakaseke and Luweero which were epicentre of the war.
In October 2016, A herdsman was killed and another injured when a device suspected to be a bomb exploded at Kimotozi village in Kinyogoga Sub-county, Nakaseke district.
Similarly, two people were killed and one injured when an object suspected to be a bomb exploded at Kamusenene village in Ngoma Subcounty in March 2015.
In June 2019 ,Police in Luweero recovered two grenades from Katikamu and Kamira sub counties which were suspected to
have been abandoned during the National Resistance Army war.