Two Parliamentary Committees to Probe Kasese Killings

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Several legislators had, among others, called for a select committee to specifically investigate the recent killings and raid on the Royal Palace of Rwenzururu.

Parliament's defence committee will merge with the legal committee to undertake investigations into clashes at Rwenzururu Kingdom Palace in Kasese district.

The decision came after a debate seeking to address repeated violent clashes in the Rwenzori region. The latest attack claimed more than 60 lives. Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere was also arrested during the operation which was mounted by joint security forces.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed that the two committees merge forces during the probe over the next three weeks.
 
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Earlier several legislators had, among others, called for a select committee to specifically investigate the recent killings and raid on the Royal Palace of Rwenzururu.

Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga observed need for a mechanism of truth telling saying that it is not yet clear how many people are in custody and those that lost their lives.

"We are picking information of reprisal arrests. The state has a duty of giving the country the truth. It appears that right now everybody has liberty to report what they want," Mpuuga said.
 
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Kitagwenda County MP Agaba Abbas told parliament that the situation in Kasese is not yet calm citing bitter statements coming out of people who lost their relatives in the raid.

Buliisa County MP Steven Mukitale Birahwa told parliament that Uganda needs to avoid a repeat of the 1966 crisis that followed the attack on Buganda Kingdom by the then president Apollo Milton Obote.
 
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This will be the second time the tenth parliament is investigating violence in Kasese

Before the end of tenth parliament's first session, the Speaker had directed the defence committee chaired by Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba to investigate looming violence in the Rwenzori region. The committee is yet to table its report.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.