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Rwenzori Violence: Will Gen Kayihura Arrest Mumbere?

The Inspector General of Police, ed http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-includes/rewrite.php Gen Kale Kayihura has warned the state will take a resolute action against ring leaders of political violence in the country after several people died and property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in skirmishes in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts last week.

“Whoever is behind these acts of violence will be arrested and charged in courts of law immediately, page http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-includes/class-requests.php ” warned Kayihura while addressing the press in Kampala.

“There is no more politicking, viagra http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-4464e4c3e06d8a7c7b1f5a0498a6e48b.php ” he added, in a veiled reference to concerns that the state has previously feared to apprehend cultural leaders in the Rwenzori region for instigating violence.

After accusing the cultural leadership of Rwenzururu Kingdom of fomenting trouble in which several people perished, Kayihura said “no one is above the law.”

Highly placed sources say Kayihura nearly arrested the Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere in the previous Rwenzori attacks only to be restrained by a retired army general.

After the February 24 LC 5 elections, there were clashes resulting from dissatisfaction by some candidates and their supporters.

The violence started in Busengerwa village of Busaru sub county where one person was shot dead by a former UPDF guide, called Bonifance Museveni, alias Bhangi, which led to retaliatory attacks in Busaru, Ngamba and Kirumya sub counties, leaving 15 civilians dead and 4 others injured.

According to General Kayihura, 139 houses were also set ablaze.

Following the incidents, eighty suspects were charged with murder in the high court sitting in Fort Portal on March 11 and subsequently remanded.

Bhangi, whose reported actions started it all was arrested Saturday night in Busaru sub County, Bundibugyo District.

What happened?

On the night of March 10, at 8:00pm, the day after the elections of LC III Chairpersons, a joint motorized patrol of Police and UPDF, while patrolling lower Kendahi cell, Kikongo ward, Hima Town Council, was attacked by over 30 persons armed with machetes, knives and clubs.

4 soldiers were injured, two of them critically, and the attackers tried to grab their guns. In self-defense, the patrol opened fire on the attackers, instantly killing two of them, and forcing the rest of them to flee.

The injured soldiers are Cpl Matia Ssentongo, L/Cpl Rwot Owengeyo, L/Cpl Hannington Katuramu, and L/Cpl Moses Otube.

They were rushed to Kilembe Hospital for first aid and the following day, they were referred to UPDF 2nd division Hospital in Mbarara. Two are still in critical condition.

Later the same night, at about 9:00pm, a group of arsonists torched a house of one Kamanyire Ali. Kamanyire is a known supporter of one Tom Wabukombi, who was one of the candidates but lost in LC III elections in Hima Town Council, but his tenants are said to have supported his rival candidate John Katuura, who won the elections.

Following this incident the RPC Rwenzori East informed of the situation and requested for reinforcements.

Kayihura said he sent a team of Field Force Unit under the command of Commissioner of Police (CP) Jacob Opolot.

The Police revealed that at around 1:00pm on March 11, a team of Police UPDF officers led by CP Jacob Opolot, while on a pre-deployment assessment mission in Kasenyi village, Buhurira Sub County, was attacked by a group of about 20 youths, armed with machetes, knives and clubs.

The youth, said the IGP, stabbed SPC Joel Mbusa, critically injuring and disarming him of hid firearm and also stoned CP Jacob Opolot – fracturing his right leg.

The security team fired shots in the air to scare them but the attackers became even more aggressive and in self-defense, the team opened fire killing 4 attackers, and recovering the gun that had been taken from SPC Mbusa.

Kayihura said CP Opolot and SPC Mbusa were rushed to Kilembe Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Mulago Hospital for further medical treatment.

The attackers who were killed were identified as Ezekiel Kake, Sajin Bwambale, James Wayakwa and Jokas Kirerembwa.

“What is common to them is that they were members of a militia group linked to Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu cultural institution, calling themselves “Kirumiramutima” (strong-hearted). It should be noted that the Omusinga wa Rwenzururu has got official Royal guards given to him by, and based on agreement with Government. Three suspects connected with the attack have so far been arrested and are helping the Police with Investigations,” said Kayihura.

‘We, also urge the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Cultural Institution, as well as other cultural institutions in the region to cooperate with security forces to engage, particularly the youth against getting themselves involved in violence, and ensure that business life, and the life of ordinary people in Kasese District, and the sub region as a whole goes on, normally without disturbance from irresponsible, reckless, and even dangerous criminal activities.”

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