46 Royal Guards Killed in Attack on Rwenzururu Palace

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Sixteen patrol bombs, 42 knives, three metal detectors, one SMG rifle, and one pistol with two magazines, four radio calls and 47 pangas, were also recovered at the palace.

At least 46 royal guards were killed in an offensive at Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace in Kasese district on Sunday.

The guards were killed during an exchange with UPDF soldiers. According to Mansur Suwed, the Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson, 139 royal guards were also arrested and are detained at Kasese Police Station.

Sixteen petrol bombs, 42 knives, three metal detectors, one SMG rifle, and one pistol with two magazines,  four radio calls and 47 pangas were also recovered at the palace.

Brig Peter Elwelu, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander defended the army's attack on the palace.

Elwelu said that Mumbere had been given an ultimatum of two hours to disband and disarm all royal guards from the palace. He explains that Mumbere was told to remain with only nine royal guards, but he declined to adhere, forcing the army to launch an offensive on the palace.

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Elwelu said that the attack on Mumbere's palace wouldn't have occurred had the Omusinga adhered to the directives from the state. He also likened the actions of the royal guards to those of a terrorist group destabilising the region.

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Elwelu says that the operations in the district will continue and the camps belonging to the royal guards will be razed down. 

Mumbere was airlifted to Kampala after being detained at Kasese Police Station. He is now at the Special Investigations Unit awaiting a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni on Monday.