2 More Police Officers Killed in Kasese Unrest

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In short
In the latest incident, two officers attached to Kisinga Police Station in Kakando Sub County were stabbed to death at the police station. Earlier in the day, two police officers were killed at Maliba Market in Maliba Sub County, where they had reportedly gone to arrest some of the Rwenzururu royal guards who were hiding there.

Two more police officers have been killed bringing the number to four.

In the latest incident, two officers attached to Kisinga Police Station in Kakando Sub County were stabbed to death at the police station.

Sowed Mansud, the Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson says that the two were attacked by assailants who wanted to take away their guns. One of the assailants was injured in the fighting.

Earlier in the day, two police officers were killed at Maliba Market in Maliba Sub County, where they had reportedly gone to arrest some of the royal guards who were hiding there.

These are among the 14 people so far confirmed dead following the army raid on Rwenzururu Kingdom offices in Kasese district, today.

Eight Rwenzururu royal guards were killed during the army raid on the kingdom offices.

Clarence Bwambale, the Rwenzururu Kingdom Information Minister says the four guards were killed in a fight with UPDF officers who forced their way into the offices located on Rwenzori Street in the centre of Kasese town. One UPDF soldier was injured after being stabbed by a guard.
 
The army and police wanted to search the offices in what is believed to be an operation against youth groups who have set up a string of training camps in Kasese and Kabarole districts.
 
The army surrounded Mumbere's palace last evening but remained camped outside the palace while patrolling neighborhoods.
 
This morning, their operation was extended to the town centre, the location of the administrative offices.  They however met resistance from royal guards who were armed with machetes, bows and spears.
 
URN has also established that the police in Fort Portal stopped and searched the vehicle of Mumbere's wife, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, who was on her way to Kampala. A source within the police said Ithungu was briefly held at Fort Portal Central Police Station as her car was being searched.
 
Earlier, Lt Arthur Timbaganya, the UPDF second division spokesperson, confirmed only four deaths but noted that he needed time to get updates from Maliba where another operation was underway.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.