A joint security team comprising of soldiers, Anti-riot Police and other sister agencies has forcefully
evicted more than 300 members of Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency-BUKITAREPA
from their camp at Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom chambers in Hoima town.
Bunyoro Kitara Reparations Agency (BUKITAREPA)
is a pressure group fighting for the redress of to historical injustices
committed against the Banyoro by the colonial government and the successive
established a camp in Kingdom chambers several years ago for
meetings and performing cultural rituals. However, security officers raided the Kingdom
chambers around 12:30pm on Saturday afternoon and ordered the BUKITAREPA members
to leave immediately or risk arrest.
The security officers set ablaze the structures
the group was using. Christopher Katumba, the Hoima District Police Commander
told Uganda Radio Network that they raided the Kingdom chambers on request from the Kingdom officials to evict the group.
He said Bunyoro Prime Minister recently wrote to
security authorities in the district seeking their assistance to evict
BUKITAREPA members from the kingdom chambers.
Katumba said he personally engaged the BUKITAREPA
leadership and asked them to vacate the kingdom chambers within five days last
week but they ignored his advice prompting them to swing into action.
said during the eviction they arrested two people who tried to resist the
eviction. They are currently locked up at Hoima CPS.
Katumba says security will maintain its presence at the
kingdom chambers not until sanity is restored.
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Andrew Byakutaga, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister,
said they had severally written to BUKITAREPA officials to vacate the kingdom
premises in vain.
He says the members had started practicing rituals on a daily
basis at the kingdom chambers yet the place is not designated for rituals.
Byakutaga also questioned the manner in, which
BUKITAREPA started performing rituals at the Kingdom chambers, saying their
conduct was tarnishing the image of the kingdom.
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Dovicko Batwale, the Coordinator BUKITAREPA couldn’t be
reached for a comment by the time of filing this story as his known telephone number
was switched off.