Rwenzururu Queen Finally Visits Mumbere in Jinja

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Rwenzururu queen, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, has visited her husband Charles Wesley Mumbere currently being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja. Ithungu addressed the media, calling for an end to violence and for those arrested to face justice.

Rwenzururu queen, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, has called for an end to violence in her kingdom.

The queen has appealed to the government to ensure that peace is restored in the kingdom and those arrested face justice.

Ithungu said this while addressing the media shortly after she visited her husband, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, currently being held at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja district.

She told journalists that the king is in good health although he may need to see a doctor for his diabetic condition. She added that Mumbere complained of the sleeping conditions as being unfavourable for his health.

Meanwhile at the same time, two police trucks arrived carrying the royal guards who were arrested over the weekend for allegedly having been involved in the clashes.

The queen was however not amused by the way the suspects were handled saying that it was dehumanising for police to carry the suspects half naked from Kasese to Jinja, a distance of 450 kilometres.

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The queen was accompanied by legislators from Kasese district who also condemned the attacks.

These include Atkins Katusabe for Bukonzo West, William Nzoghu for Busongora North, Kasese Municipality MP Centenary Robert and his Bukonzo East counterpart Harold Muhindo. 

Centenary told the press that Nalufenya should not become a place where human rights are abused, especially when the suspects have been produced in court.

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At least 46 royal guards were killed on Sunday when the army attacked the Rwenzururu Kingdom palace in Kasese town. A day before, another 30 people including 10 police officers died in different attacks in the district after the army and police raided the administrative offices of the kingdom. Up to 130 guards were arrested.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).