Mumbere is remanded at Luzira Prison
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The Inspector General of Police has for the first time spoken out on the violence in Kasese that led to death of more than 100 people.
The police boss who has for the past one month been out of the public eye, said police will not vacate the Rwenzururu palace which is now considered a crime scene.
The military on November 27 raided King Mumbere’s palace, killing several guards.
Officials said then that Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere had refused to comply with a presidential order to release suspected bandits hiding at the place.
"It is still a crime scene and the moment investigators tell us they have finished their work, we shall leave the palace," said Kayihura.
Security forces maintain a cordon around the palace.
Asked to comment on the exact number of people who died in the violence, the police boss said he was not at liberty to divulge more information as the matter is before court.
In the violence, at least 16 security officers were killed by suspected Rwenzururu Royal Guards.
They suspects have since been charged with murder, terrorism, aggravated robbery and treason at Jinja Chief Magistrate's Court.
On allegations that president Museveni ordered for release of some of the royal guards, the police boss denied having received any directive in relation to that matter.
"I haven't received any specific directive or communication to that effect but I am satisfied that whoever is in our custody there's sufficient evidence for them to be in our custody," he said.
"In fact he (President) is eager that we finalize investigations and whoever is implicated faces justice in courts of law."
Meanwhile, Jinja Chief Magistrate’s Court has set January 9 for hearing of Mumbere’s bail application.