Religious Leaders Demand Dialogue between Museveni, Mumbere

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Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa, the second Deputy Mufti of Uganda is among the religious leaders who will camp in Kasese between December 5 to 6 to assess the situation.

The Interreligious Council of Uganda-IRCU is calling for urgent talks between President, Yoweri Museveni and Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom over the unrest in Kasese district.


According to ICRU, the tension in Kasese district can only be eased once the two leaders iron out the areas of disagreement that sparked the latest clashes.
 

Addressing the media this morning at the IRCU offices in Kampala, Joshua Kitakule, the IRCU General Secretary, said the two principles hold the key to calming the impasse in Kasese, which has seen scores killed and arrested.

 
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The statement by ICRU comes on the heels of an offensive by the army on the palace of Rwenzururu King on Sunday, which left 46 royal guards dead. Another 39 royal guards were picked up and are in custody at Kasese Police Station.



 
According to Kitakule, there is need to set up a commission of inquiry to urgently look into the conflict and examine recommendations made by previous studies on the conflict, including the Parliamentary Defence Committee to find lasting solutions.

 
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Sheikh Mohammad Ali Waiswa, the second Deputy Mufti of Uganda is among the religious leaders who will camp in Kasese between December 5 to 6 to assess the situation.

 
Sheikh Waiswa says the council and the Elders' Forum, which previously visited the Rwenzori sub region in April this year after post-election violence, is willing to broker the talks between government and the kingdom.
 

 
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Mumbere is currently being held at Nalufenya in Jinja district.

 

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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.

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