Mumbere 's Wife Searched

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Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, the wife of Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere, was today briefly held and searched at Fort Portal Central Police Station. The police searched her car and confiscated knives and batons belonging to her royal guards.

Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, the wife of Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere, was today briefly detained and searched at Fort Portal Central Police Station.

Ithungu, who was travelling from Kasese to Kampala, was reportedly being trailed by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence- CMI until she reached Fort Portal. When her vehicle reached Mpanga Market, her driver was told to proceed to Fort Portal Police Station.

According to a detective attached to the Regional Police headquarters in Fort Portal who preferred anonymity, Ithungu and her guards were held for thirty minutes.

The detective says that upon arrival at the station, the police searched her car and confiscated knives and batons belonging to her royal guards.

He further says that Ithungu recorded a statement and was later released to travel to Kampala.

In a bid to keep the incident low-key, the Kabarole District Police Commander, Musa Tibakirana, deleted the photographs of her arrest from a journalist's mobile phone.

When contacted Tibakirana declined to comment on the matter and referred the reporter to Joseph Kato, the Rwenzori Regional Police Commander.

Kato confirmed that Ithungu was indeed at the police station, but denied she had been arrested. He explained that the police was 'interacting' with the Queen. He however declined to reveal the details of the meeting.

This came hours after eight royal guards died during the army raid on the Rwenzururu Kingdom offices in Kasese town. Four other people, including two police officers, hve since confirmed dead.

The palace of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere is still being surrounded.

The army says it has information that the royal guards are working with armed youths who have been attacking police officers in the area.

 

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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.