Byakutaga says the UPDF officers allegedly beat and tortured the kingdom subjects who resisted an attack on the Ssemwema cultural site by faith of Unity believers headed by Bisaka leading to total destruction of the important cultural site.
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has petitioned the Chief of Defense forces-CDF
Gen.David Muhoozi and the Ministry of Internal Affairs over the alleged involvement
of Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers in the destruction of Ssemwema
cultural site in Kakumiro district.
Addressing the press on Thursday at the Kingdom palace, Andrew Byakutaga, the
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister, says that they have evidence pinning
soldiers attached to the security detail of Owobusobozi Bisaka, the Founder of
Faith of Unity of beating up the kingdom subjects and wardens who resisted an attack
on the site on Sunday.
On Sunday believers of the faith of Unity founded by Owobusobozi Bisaka locally
known as Abahereza stormed and burnt down the Ssemwema cultural site situated
on Bikakate Hill in Kakumiro district.
A section of the believers dressed in white tunic attacked the
caves and burnt down what they termed as fetishes saying a lot of evil
witchcraft activities take place at the site.
Byakutaga wonders why the UPDF officers tasked with guarding the sovereignty of
the country instead joined the Faith of Unity believers to raze down the
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Byakutaga has also tasked Owobusobozi Bisaka, to handover all the people who
razed the cultural site.
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Apollo Rwamparo, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom minister of Tourism and Antiquities
criticized the army for joining forces with the Faith of Unity believers to
destroy the Kingdom’s important site.
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Ssememwa Cultural Site is known for trenches which were used by
the legendary great King Kateboha who reigned in the 14th century AD during the
Bachwezi Dynasty in the Great Bunyoro Kitara Empire.
The trenches were also used to guard against enemies from gaining
entry into the King’s Palace which was located in the same area.
It surrounds the primordial Ssemwema caves, located on top of
Bikakate hill just half a kilometre from Munsa trenches were also used as
hiding places for King Kateboha.
Some parliamentary sessions for Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom were held inside the
Semwema caves during the reign of the Bachwezi.