Forum for Democratic Change’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat has vowed to go after security officers who killed members of the Bakonzo tribe in a series of reprisal attacks that followed the 2016 elections.
According to a Human Rights Watch July 15, 2016 newsletter, over 50 people were killed in the Rwenzori region resulting from political contestations and tribal wrangles between the Bakonzo, Batooro and Bamba ethnicities.
Government to date blames the clashes on subversive subjects of the Rwenzururu Kingdom known as ‘Kirumira Mutima’
However, while addressing residents of Kirumya Sub County in Bundibugyo district on Tuesday; Amuriat said he would leave no tables unturned in the quest for justice.
“All I can promise you is Justice for your relatives and friends who were killed in cold blood. I want to promise you that whoever killed a person in Bundibugyo for no reason will be taken to court and taken to prison and if it’s decided, he will be hanged,” he pledged.
Amuriat also apologized on behalf of the Iteso whom he said were wrongly implicated for the 100 deaths that occurred as a result of Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu’s November 2016 raid on Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere’s Kasese Palace.
“Please don’t generalize Iteso as bad people. Those were actions of one individual,” he said.
Saulo Maate the Kasese FDC district Chairperson told Chimp Reports the incidents remain a burning issue in the region.
“The fact that we are reaching the period of elections when the King and those arrested are still in jail, that one is going to play a key role…I must tell you that people in the Rwenzori region who respect the Obusinga are very bitter,” Maate said.
Other than that, Maate disclosed that natives are also apprehensive about Government’s slow speed in dealing with recurrent floods that have forced a number of them to seek refuge elsewhere.
“These floods are cross cutting; in Kasese, in Bundibugyo and even where we are at Kirumya, there are a number of victims of the floods. If you interviewed the people, they will tell you we are just here renting,” he elaborated.
Asked how the FDC would fair in the oncoming polls, Maate confidently responded that the organization is still strong saying they had identified potential successors to three legislators who went different ways.
It should be noted that former Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza in August last year joined Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) while two other incumbents Jackson Mbaju and Centenary Robert are running as independents.
Amuriat twice blocked
While Amuriat was expected to campaign in Bundibugyo district according to the Electoral Commission (EC) Programme, due to unknown reasons he was blocked from proceeding to the main town.
He was later barred by a joint security team at Fort Portal’s Butebe suburb from going through the city center and escorted all the way to his hotel suite at Hilton Tours Inn on Ruhandika Street.
Early yesterday morning, Amuriat had attempted to campaign in Kasese but his journey was cut short by security who arrested and whisked him to Ntoroko district.