â€œOn account of those chauvinistic ideas being bandied around for so long, it seems some groups hatched this criminal scheme that has caused the death of so many people. Apart from killing 51 of the attackers, we have captured 65 others. We shall get to the truth and will punish those involvedâ€
President Yoweri Museveni says Government will leave no stone unturned in seeking the truth and punishing all individuals involved in the attacks on Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts.
Reports indicate that up to 90 people could have lost their lives in the attacks which security forces have blamed on tribal clashes. Some of the dead are members of security forces, civilians and attackers who were shot in the subsequent gunfire with security forces. Government also lost up to 22 guns to the attackers.
Museveni says in his statement issued today that eight members of the security forces and 51 attackers were killed in what he called schemes of some confused or selfish bunch of people.
He says the “scheme” is doomed to total failure and repeatedly warns that “whatever a man sows, that is what he will reap. He adds that fortunately, today Uganda has got a capable State that is able to deal decisively and expeditiously with such schemes although he admits that there was a failure of intelligence.
Museveni appeals that the country should not get anxious about the “scheme” weaved by the attackers on security installations in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko.
Similar to security reports, President Museveni’s statement seemingly admits that the clashes are based on tribal differences between the Bakonzo, Basongora, Bamba, and Banyabindi.
How did all this start?
Museveni seems to link the attacks to Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere. He says Omusinga Mumbere met the president “some years back” and expressed interest to be the King of the Rwenzururu.
Museveni says he told his guest that the Rwenzururu had been a Political Movement for equality and that he did not understand Mumbere wanted to turn it into a monarchy. Rwenzururu was formed in 1962 as a political movement to fight for the interests of Bamba and Bakonzo who were then under Tooro Kingdom. Isaya Mukirania, Mumbere’s father was among the founders.
In order to create harmony, the president adds, the government withdrew objections to Mumbere becoming Omusinga especially after people like Dr. Kiyonga and a large group of people, who were opposed to the idea of monarchy, withdrew their objection. Kiyonga is the current minister of defence and a member of the Bakonzo community.
According to Museveni, the Bamba leaders of Bundibugyo were totally opposed to the idea of the monarchy.
Museveni says he has been hearing of what he called chauvinistic positions from some people who claim to be supporting Obusinga. They reportedly insist that the Omusinga, apart from the Omukama of Tooro in his area, should be the only cultural leader in the Rwenzori region.
“On account of those chauvinistic ideas being bandied around for so long, it seems some groups hatched this criminal scheme that has caused the death of so many people. Apart from killing 51 of the attackers, we have captured 65 others. We shall get to the truth and will punish those involved,” the president says.