Nkangi Describes Kasese Killings As Inhuman

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To Mayanja Nkangi, the raid on Buhikira Palace brought back memories of the Lubiri attack 50 years ago. Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later. Nkangi was Katikkiro at the time of the attack.

Former Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro Joash Mayanja Nkangi has described last weekend's attacks in Kasese as inhuman.
 
His comments come almost a week after clashes between government security forces and the royal guards of Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere, left up to 100 people dead.
  
The dead included 16 police officers who were attacked in different parts of Kasese district on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, when the army and police raided Mumbere's Buhikira Palace and administrative offices.
 
Mumbere was arrested together with at least 146 of his guards. He has since been charged with murder and remanded to Kirinya Government prison till December 13 when he will be returned to court.
 
To Nkangi, who also served as legislator and minister in Museveni's government until 2001, the raid on Buhikira Palace brought back memories of the Lubiri attack 50 years ago. On May 24, 1966 Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later.  Nkangi was Katikkiro at the time of the attack.
 
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Nkangi says that dialogue should be a solution at any time between government and cultural institutions.
 
"You don't want to destroy something which built the whole nation, Uganda was built on cultural institutions," said Nkangi. He adds that anybody who pretends otherwise does not know the country's history saying that the issue of cultural leaders ought to be recognised by any Ugandan because it is well intentioned.
 
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The former Buganda premier notes that if peace is to prevail in the country, there is need to pay attention to the thinking and likes of the units that form the country.
 
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In its statement to parliament on the security situation in Rwenzori region, government cited the likely causes of conflicts in Kasese highlighting talk of secession and creation of the Bakonzo state of Yiira.
 
General Jeje Odongo, the Internal Affairs minister, said that this dream was impossible in the present times and that this factor was to be investigated to ascertain whether it is one of the drivers behind violence in Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu.
 
On the alleged secession demands in Kasese, Nkangi says that Uganda is one and no part of it should be allowed to secede.
 
"I am a Muganda and when you ask me whether Buganda should secede, I say no because the benefits with the unity of Africa, unity of institutions in Uganda are greater than secession," says Nkangi.
 
He says that government is mandated to prevent the dismemberment of the State of Uganda but that this should be after failed talks. He quotes William Shakespeare saying: "It is good to have strengthen of a giant, but it is bad to use that strengthen as a giant."
 
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When asked to draw parallels between the weekend raid on Buhikira Palace and the 1966 attack on Mengo, Nkangi declined saying that there is need for facts to first come out.
 
He however says that the 1966 attacks were politically driven noting that the Obote government declared Buganda Kingdom as rebellious after the Kingdom's Lukikko passed a resolution asking Obote to remove his government from Buganda's soil.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.