Land Forces Commander, Major General Peter Elwelu, was today awarded the Rwenzori Star medal, five months after he led a military assault on the palace of the Rwenzururu King in which over 100 people were killed. Elwelu is among the 143 people awarded with Rwenzori Star medal, Golden Jubilee Medal and Police Medals in Pallisa district during the ceremony to mark International Labour Day.
During the meeting between President Museveni and MPs on Wednesday at his farm in Kisozi in Gomba district, the legislators also demanded for the Omusingas unconditional release, as well as those of more than 150 royal guards also on remand in Luzira prison.
Irene Nakimbugwe, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says the King and his subjects were transferred from Kasese to Jinja Magistrates Court with permission from the Chief Justice.
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija says Ugandans should learn to dialogue and avoid situations that tarnish the name of the country and scares off potential investors. Commenting on the recent killings in Kasese, Kasaija said money hates noise and cannot go where there is chaos.
Brigadier Charles Bakahumura, the director of military intelligence, is reported to have told Members of Parliament that many of Omusinga Mumberes royal guards belong to Power 10 P10, which was a mobilisation group in villages recruited by opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC during the 2016 elections.
Over 20 women are reported to have been arrested following clashes between royal guards of the Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere and security forces, which left at least 46 guards dead and over 100 people arrested.
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.
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.
Legislators from Kasese district have reacted angrily to the killing of 46 Rwenzururu royal guards in a clash with the army over the weekend. They say the attack on the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace was uncalled for and instead endangered the lives of people.
Addressing journalists after the closed door meeting, Mumbere said the conflicts in Kasese are being created by enemies of his Kingdom. He also disowned members of Kilhumiramuthima a militia group, which is said to behind the recent unrest.