Mumbere charged with murder, remanded to Luzira prison

By Najibu Mulema The Omusinga of Rwenzururu , king Wesley Mumbere has been charged with murder and remanded to Luzira prison till 13 December, 2016 by the Jinja Magistrate court. Last week on Sunday Mumbere was arrested by police in coordination with other security agencies following the Saturday clashes in Kasese region between UPDF, police and the people suspected to be rebels. Over 65 people including 16 security operatives lost their lives in the due course. Mumbere was airlifted from Kasese to Kampala then to Jinja where he has been charged with murder. In October 2009, Mumbere returned to...

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Kizza Besigye blames Kasese ‘massacres’ on Museveni, former Defense Minister Kiyonga

By Watchdog reporter Dr Kizza Besigye has released a stinging statement on Kasese in which he claims the conflict in Kasese is about marginalization. The FDC leader blames calls what took place in Kasese “massacres” and goes ahead to blame former Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga who was defeated in the last election for the ongoing conflict. “Kasese has traditionally been against the political establishments because all governments have marginalised them. For this recent crisis, NRM is to blame,” said Kizza Besigye, adding, “It was wiped out of Kasese. The NRM district and national leadership is wounded. Defeated NRM leaders...

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Government statement on the security situation in the Rwenzori region

INTRODUCTION As you may be aware by now, His Highness Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Omusinga of Rwenzururu was arrested from his palace on 27th November 2016 by the police in a joint security operation. This was as a result of the attacks conducted by cultural guards “Kirumira Mutima” who are said to be his creation and under his command. On the 26th of November 2016, these cultural guards of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu attacked the joint security patrol team in Kasese town with a petrol bomb, stabbed and injured a soldier. This was immediately followed by simultaneous attacks in Ihandiro...

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Is Mumbere still king of the Rwenzururu?

By Mike Ssegawa The government has offered several accounts of what is transpiring in Kasese. Officially, over 65 Ugandans have lost their lives in the standoff that pities Omusinga Wesley Mumbere and his royalists on one side and the state on the other. The police, the military, the minister of internal affairs and the president, all have offered explanations and warnings. They have also explained the historical conflict in the Rwenzori Mountains which has failed all governments since 1962, to resolve. However, what is outstanding in all is the arrest of Mumbere. With Mumbere arrested, military operations in the...

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Government releases names of police officers killed in recent Kasese stand off

By Watchdog reporter The government of Uganda has released the list of 16 police officers who were killed in the confrontation between the Rwenzururu kingdom royal guards and security forces. The names were released today by Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odong. Below are the names of the deceased police officers whose bodies have been dispatched to their relatives for burial. Sgt Joseph Kule Detective Cpl Richard Elai Cpl Patrick Anywar Cpl Kasim Kaluba PC Thomas Malinga PC Robert Baluku PC Gaetano Awachi PC Edward Periyo PC Henry Oyuci SPC Cyprian Masereka SPC Jonathan Bwambale SPC Christpher Kamango SPC...

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