31 Royal Guards Surrender for Amnesty in Kasese

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More than 60 people were killed as security forces engaged in a battle with Royal Guards at the palace. In the ensuing mayhem, Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested, charged and remanded to Kirinya Government Prison in Jinja district.

More than 31 Royal Guards of Rwenzururu Kingdom (Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu) have submitted to government in exchange for amnesty in the wake of tensions in Kasese district.

The move comes barely two weeks after the Kasese Resident District Commissioner Maj James Mwesigye announced that government will offer amnesty to all Royal Guards who report to his office. 

The declaration was aimed at restoring peace in the Kingdom that was tattered following a Uganda Peoples Defence Force-UPDF-led offensive at the Rwenzururu Palace.

More than 60 people were killed as security forces engaged in a battle with Royal Guards at the palace.  In the ensuing mayhem, Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested, charged and remanded to Kirinya Government Prison in Jinja district.

16 of those who have surrendered are from Bwera Sub County, seven are from Ihandiro Sub County and eight from Kitholhu Sub County, all in Bukonzo West County, Kasese district.

Those who surrendered in Ihandiro Sub County according to James Nyawathekwa, the area chairperson are Alice Kakwaya, Manyanza Geoffrey, Mugene, Yosia Baluku, Isemanzima Bwambale, John Thembo and Kabothi Simon.

The Kitholhu Sub County chairperson Amon Mweru also confirmed to our reporter having received the eight royal guards in his area.  Mweru says more could still be in hiding since his area has enormous diehard followers of Obusinga and attaché's Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Bukonzo West Amnesty Focal Person Emmanuel Masereka says that the persons who have surrendered were initially stationed at Obusinga Cultural Sites in Bulemba in the mountainous Ihandiro sub county.

Masereka told urn this morning that the 'reporters' surrendered their weapons which included among others, spears, pangas and arrows. He added that their names will now be forwarded to the office of the RDC for completion of the Amnesty Process.

Maj Mwesigye says amnesty will be extended to only those Royal Guards who would have surrendered in a period of one month. He however observes that there is fear among other royal guards who are believed to be still in hiding as they are being threatened of possible arrest by government.

Some of the royal guards who spoke to our reporter confessed to have joined the Royal Guard militia with a promise of getting money from their commanders. Joshua Mumbere, one of those who surrendered in Kitholhu said he was recruited in September and deployed at Bulemba Cultural Site as a site commander.