Major Ronald Kakurungu, the UPDF 2nd Division Spokesperson, says that more troops will be re deployed in the mountains to avoid further attacks, since there are reports that some members of the group are still regrouping and are planning to carry out more attacks in the region.
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has broken the silence on the recent attacks in the Rwenzori region in which over 70 people were killed. Addressing a press conference at his Buhikira palace in Kasese town shortly after the arrest of two of his ministers today, Mumbere said that the government is chasing the wrong enemy by linking his Kingdom to the Saturday attacks in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.
At least seven patients in Kotido district are feared dead while hundreds are ailing in their respective villages following a strike by medical workers that commenced last Tuesday. The medics say they have not been paid their salaries for four months. The money has now accumulated to over 400 million shillings in arrears.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ)-Uganda in collaboration with the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and Eastern Africa Media Institute Uganda Chapter (EAMI-U), have resolved to drag to court the Wandegeya District Police Commander (DPC), Tusingwire Ceaser, as the first culprit for harassing and mistreating a journalist, Mr. Mulindwa Mukasa of the Associated Press and Board Chairman of HRNJ-Uganda.
Two senior officials in the Rwenzururu Kingdom are in police custody in connection with the weekend attacks in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts. Prime Minister Noah Nzaghale and the Minister for tourism Erisa Mwincubere were picked up at about 9am today from the kingdom offices in Kasese town.
The Kajura report of 2005 called for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission besides recommending for the government to recognize the Rwenzururu Kingdom. The report said there were other ethnic groups in the Rwenzori region that had distinct cultures.
In the report prepared by the UN special representative on Children and Armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, AMISOMâ€™s sister force in the fight against Al-Shabaab, The Somalia National Army is also accused of harbouring over 200 children in their ranks and using them for intelligence gathering and combat operations.
South Sudan rebel leader Dr Riek Machar has called for the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation to resume the peace talks. Machar is also demanding that the IGAD mediation should review the selection of stakeholders so that the talks are transparent, representative and inclusive.