10 April 2002

Uganda: Mubende Hit By Rocket Fragment, Says Police

POLICE yesterday said the alien spherical object that landed in Kasambya, Kikandwa sub-county in Mubende district last month was not a meteorite but a suspected rocket fragment from outer space.

Police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi, whose personnel collected the object for scrutiny, said yesterday that they were still scrutinising the object whose whereabouts he did not disclose.

Earlier reports had indicated that the black, blue and white object was a meteorite, but more inquiries by the New Vision revealed that the object was man-made.

Several people who claimed to have seen the object, said it was the size of a big pot and looked like an inflated balloon with the mouth tightly sealed with two rings. Police said the object was about a metre in diameter

Scores of security personnel, foreign researchers and curious people are flocking the remote village to inquire about the alien object which fell in the home of Zewuliya Nabalagwa, who stays alone in a mud and wattle house.

Nabalagwa, whose compound has been trampled dry by hundreds of daily visitors, said the object landed with a thunderous noise.

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