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Unexploded bombs recovered in school garden in Lamwo

Lamwo RDC James Kidega Nabinson displays military equipment discovered in the wilderness of Ayuu Alali in Palabek Kal Sub County in 2019. Photo By Dan M Komakech

Lamwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Residents of Lokung Sub County in Lamwo district have discovered three unexploded bombs in a farm belonging to Ngomoromo Primary School. 

The Ngomoromo LCI Chairperson Bosco Kidega says the bomb was discovered on Tuesday by parents and casual labourers who unearthed the devices as they were preparing the school garden to embark on the tree-planting campaign. 

Kidega says the discovery of the ordinances briefly disrupted studies after the learners fled the school and returned home.   

He says that the discovery has evoked fear among the residents who are worried that children could get exposed to the explosives. 

Kidega says that the bombs could have been abandoned during the war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and government forces in Northern Uganda. 

Ngomoromo in Lokung sub-county which borders South Sudan and Uganda was initially identified as a minefield since LRA rebels used the area as an exit and entry route to and from the then Sudan during the insurgency in Northern Uganda. 

James Nabinson Kidega, the Lamwo Resident District Commissioner says that the school garden has already been fenced off is under close surveillance by the army.  Kidega says his office has already issued an alert to the explosive ordnance disposal personnel attached to the 5th division Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) headquarters who are expected to detonate the devices anytime.  

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