UPDF, Police Besiege Rwenzururu Palace in Kasese

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The security officers pitched camp outside the royal palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu since last night. Several others are deployed at the royal hill behind the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, the cultural head of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu.

Police and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces- UPDF officers have besieged the cultural institution of Rwenzururu in Kasese town following the military operations that started on Thursday in Rwenzori region.

The security officers pitched camp outside the royal palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu since last night. Several others are deployed at the royal hill behind the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, the cultural head of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu.

Clarence Bwambale Mumbabya, the spokesperson of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu says that an unspecified number of UPDF and police field force officers surrounded the palace from 8pm, last night leaving the Omusinga's traditional royal guards locked up inside the palace.

Wheeled armored military vehicles have been dispatching soldiers at the palace while several others are seen patrolling around Muyenda cell.

The second division brigade commander for Rwenzori region Brig. Peter Elwelu confirmed the army deployment to URN this morning but declined to divulge details of its existence around the palace of Omusinga. He however said the operation is normal, before calling for calm among residents and royal guards.

About forty grass thatched camps have been built up in the past two months housing an unspecified number of royal guards. The guards' are often seen training inside the palace under the watch of the cultural leader Charles Wesley Mumbere, according to a source at the palace.

The source however told urn that their training is in line with ensuring that the Omusinga and the kingdom of Rwenzururu get utmost protection against external forces.

The Uganda People's Defence Forces started the operations on Thursday when they raided training camps for a youth group that calls itself Esyomango sy'Obusinga.  Brig Elwelu says the youths have been operating training camps at Nyabuswa village in Karangura Sub county, Kabarole district. The camps are located some 47km from Fort Portal town.

The UPDF had given a one-week ultimatum to the group to surrender and denounce what the army called criminal activities following a series of attacks targeting security officers in Kasese and Kabarole districts. 

Lydia Tumushabe, the Rwenzori Region Police Spokesperson said that they received information that the group had planned to attack residents of Nyabuswa and Kamabale.