MPs Condemn Kasese Killings

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Legislators from Kasese district have reacted angrily to the killing of 46 Rwenzururu royal guards in a clash with the army over the weekend. They say the attack on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace was uncalled for and instead endangered the lives of people.

Legislators from Kasese district have reacted angrily to the killing of 46 Rwenzururu royal guards in a clash with the army over the weekend.

The legislators are Atkins Katusabe for Bukonzo West, William Nzoghu for Busongora North, Kasese Municipality MP Centenary Robert and his Bukonzo East counterpart Harold Muhindo. They say the attack on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace was uncalled for and instead endangered the lives of people.
 
Katusabe, who claims to have been with Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere at the time of the offensive on the palace yesterday, narrated how the royal guards had conceded defeat and were waiting for security personnel in order to surrender.
 
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During an exchange with UPDF soldiers on Saturday and Sunday, Omusing Mumbere was arrested together with 139 of his royal guards. While the guards were detained at Kasese Police Station. Mumbere was airlifted to Kampala and later Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja.
 
However, Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi insists that the attack on the palace was valid, given that the royal guards were armed.
 
But Nzoghu says the attacks could have been avoided if government had heeded to earlier calls to curtail the situation, calls the police and army reportedly ignored.
 
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MP Centenary reveals that recent efforts to broker talks with the President regarding the insecurity in Rwenzori sub-region have been futile.
 
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Last month, Parliament instructed the Defence and Internal Affairs committee to investigate recent causes of violence in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts where scores of people were killed.
 
The MPs want the committee to fast track the investigations into the clashes.
 
Muhindo says security personnel must ensure the safety of the citizens instead of endangering their lives.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.