Five attacked inside Kasese church over land dispute

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KASESE – Five believers belonging to the International Church are admitted, some in critical condition, to the Kasese district of the Bwera General Hospital, after unknown assailants armed with machetes attacked them while they were in their church.

The killers allegedly burned all the church properties and fled the scene before the police could intervene.

The victims were reportedly attacked on Monday (May 20, 2024) night in Nyamambuka district in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha township, located near Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Bwera hospital administrator Clarence Bwambale said his team received the victims, some with serious injuries, around 11pm on Monday.

Citing the victims, Bwambale quoted them as saying that the land on which their church was built had been sold to the church leaders by an individual against the wishes of the rest of the family members.

The victims are further quoted as saying that the attack was the second after the first attempt had failed.

Selevest Mapoze, the Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council chairman, described the incident as unfortunate.