Appearing before Jinja Chief Magistrates Court this morning, Mumbere and 161 Royal Guards were presented with a list of 41 counts of crimes allegedly committed between March and November 2016 within the Rwenzori region.
To Mayanja Nkangi, the raid on Buhikira Palace brought back memories of the Lubiri attack 50 years ago. Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later. Nkangi was Katikkiro at the time of the attack.
Asked to comment on the arrest of Mumbere, Rev. Geoffrey Kyomuhendo, the Spokesperson of Obundingiya Bwa Bamba Cultural institution in Bundibugyo district, said government has reasons why the Omusinga was arrested.
Up to 63 lives have been lost over the last one week, most of them Royal Guards shot during the raid on the Palace on Sunday. Police says they have recovered 14 guns, most of which had been stolen from security installations. Also recovered were army uniforms, spears, machetes, medals, improvised bombs and arrows, among others.
Jackson Mbaju, the Busongora South MP and former Attorney General, Rwenzururu Kingdom also punched holes in the government statement on the Kasese killings. He disagreed with the claims by government that Mumbere trained and armed the royal guards.
Rwenzururu queen, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, has visited her husband Charles Wesley Mumbere currently being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja. Ithungu addressed the media, calling for an end to violence and for those arrested to face justice.
Eight people are confirmed dead in a military operation against armed youths in the Rwenzori Mountains. Brigadier Peter Elwelu, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF Second Division Commander, told URN that his forces raided training camps for a group that calls itself Esyomango syObusinga, a youth group associated with Rwenzururu Kingdom.
The withdrawal follows weekend clashes in which four people including two UPDF officers, one motorcyclist and one royal guard were killed. Prior to the shooting, UPDF had five officers as part of the security team attached to Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu.
Addressing journalists at Parliament this afternoon, William Nzoghu, the Busongora North MP, said despite the fact that the Defense minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga hails from Kasese, the rising insecurity, mainly instigated by security personnel is proof that government is fuelling the attacks.
Major Ronald Kakurungu, the UPDF 2nd division spokesperson, says the four people were killed in two separate incidents. He says the soldiers and the boda boda motorcyclist were killed by an unidentified people who attacked them, a few meters from Mumberes palace in Kasese town.
One Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu royal guard has been arrested and two others injured in Kasese town this evening. The Rwenzururu royal guard was arrested by a combined force of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces soldiers and Uganda Police Force officers
Martin Tukahebwa, the Bundibugyo District Police Commander, says the six people were killed when some of the residents took it upon themselves to avenge the deadly clashes on Wednesday which claimed eight Bamba and three Bakonzo community members.