Former Rwenzururu Ministers Deny Fueling Kasese Tension

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In a press release dated April 3, 2016, the expelled ministers state that the accusations are exposing them to danger. They add that the general public is now treating them as enemies of the Kingdom.

Five former ministers in Rwenzururu Kingdom have distanced themselves from the tensions in Rwenzori region that have spiraled over the last six weeks.

The team led by the former Kingdom Prime Minister Noah Nzaghale was named last week by the cultural leader of Rwenzururu Kingdom Charles Wesley Mumbere as; people with sinister motives that are tarnishing the image of Obusinga, misinforming government about the Kingdom's activities and fueling the Rwenzori crisis.

Mumbere named Benon Mahighura, Sulait Kule, Yusuf Masereka, Joshua Baluku, Noah Nzaghale and a UPDF soldier lance corporal Edmon Baluku among those giving security officials misleading information. He said that the individuals, who were all dismissed from the Rwenzururu Kingdom Cabinet in the recent past, were aiding security agencies in arresting and killing his royal guards.

Up to six royal guards have been killed over the last one month. These include four that were killed in Kasenyi, one at Shauriyako market and the one who was killed last evening in a scuffle with Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF officers at Mumbere's palace.

But Nzagale describes the accusations as false, misleading, unfounded and misdirected.

In a press release dated April 3, 2016, the expelled ministers state that the accusations are exposing them to danger. They add that the general public is now treating them as enemies of the Kingdom.

They fault the Kingdom administration for failing to carry out thorough, truthful and genuine investigations to ascertain the cause of the arrests and shootings of Rwenzururu Royal Guards before fronting the accusations.

This is not the first time that Nzagale is accused of fuelling unrest in Kasese. In July 2015, while still serving as the Kingdom Prime Minister, Nzaghale was also arrested by police on accusations of masterminding the July 5 2015 clashes that engulfed the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko that left over one hundred people dead.

He was later exonerated by the General Court Martial.

Nzaghale was sacked from the Rwenzururu cabinet early this year for failure to perform his duties and replaced him with Yeremiya Mutoro.