Mumbere, IGP Agree on Joint Investigations Top story

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Addressing journalists after the closed door meeting, Mumbere said the conflicts in Kasese are being created by enemies of his Kingdom. He also disowned members of Kilhumiramuthima a militia group, which is said to behind the recent unrest.

Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom and Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police have resolved to establish a joint team to investigate the root cause of conflicts in the Rwenzori region.
 
 
The decision was reached in a meeting this morning at Margarita hotel in Kasese town comes this morning with the aim of easing tension in the region. It comes a week after six people were gunned down by security in Hima town council and Kasenyi trading center during clashes between residents and security.
 

Addressing journalists after the closed door meeting, Mumbere said the conflicts in Kasese are being created by enemies of his Kingdom. He also distanced himself from members of "Kilhumiramuthima" a militia group, which is said to behind the recent unrest.
 
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He said the Kingdom would address itself on the issue of the militia after security agencies had pointed to the camp of the attackers in his area.

During the meeting, Mumbere told Kayihura that the clashes in Buhuhira sub-county were instigated by Gombolola Internal Security Officers (GISOs) who have never recognized the existence of Rwenzururu Kingdom.


Mumbere and Kayihura also agreed to ensure there is cooperation between government security agencies and the Rwenzururu Kingdom royal guards so that they can be able to share information to avoid future clashes. He also asked the IGP to withdraw the heavy deployments in Buhuhira sub-county because the continued presence causes anxiety in the area, where people should be living peacefully.
 

On his side, Kayihura told the press that he acted on preliminary information from his juniors when he linked the attackers to Rwenzururu Kingdom. Kayihura said that at the first, he thought "Kilhumiramutima" was like other militias such as "Kikankane, Redtop, Solida and Kalangala action plan".


 
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He said they during the meeting they agreed to jointly assess the situation in Kasese district so as to cool down tensions that have been rising. He said after jointly assessing the situation in Kasenyi, police and army will be withdrawn as soon as possible.
 

On the issue of the continued allegations that Rwenzururu kingdom is pursuing a mission for Rwenzori sub-region to merge with some parts of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to form Yira Republic, the Mumbere described the claims as malicious.
 
 
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Mumbere said that the Bakonzo are experts of war and if he commanded them to fight for a state status, it would be difficult for the government of Uganda to stop them but hastened to add that they have never discussed such a matter at any level.
 
The conflicts in the Rwenzori region involving the Bakonzo date back to the early 1920 when they fought against what they called subjugation by Toro Kingdom. Three perpetrators were late arrested and executed before being buried in one grave near Kagando hospital in Kasese district.
 
The conflicts re-surfaced in 1962 when Bakonzo and Bamba representatives stormed out of Toro parliament and started the Rwenzururu movement that gave birth to the current Rwenzururu kingdom.