Tensions rise again in Kasese as militias regroup

A burnt Rwezururu palace late last year

Following the injuring of an army officer who was allegedly stabbed by a man suspected to be among the Kirumira Muthima group, security has been beefed up in Kasese and the entire Rwenzori region.
The army says the deployment is as a result of the militia group that is said to be re-grouping in the region especially in Busongora north and parts of the neighbouring Bunyangabu District.

The group is said to have been involved in clashes with government forces and killing of civilians in the recent past.
A number of army officers have been seen at Kasese officers mess. Police troop carriers have been seen coming in and out the of the central police offices.

Late last year,the Uganda Police Force have confirmed that 46 royal guards were killed in an offensive at Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace in Kasese District on Sunday.

The guards were killed in an exchange with UPDF soldiers according to Rwenzori East police spokesperson Mansur Suwed, who also said 139 royal guards were arrested and are being detained at Kasese Police Station.

During the same time last year, UPDF 2nd Division Commander Brig Peter Elwelu, defended the army’s attack on the palace, saying King Mumbere had been given an ultimatum of two hours to disband and disarm all royal guards from the palace. He added that Mumbere was told to remain with only nine royal guards but he declined to adhere, forcing the army to launch an offensive on the palace.
In operation, Omusinga wa Rwenzuru was arrest and airlifted to Kampala.




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