2 Police Officers Detained For Shooting At Demonstrators In Kasese

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Two police officers have been detained for opening fire on a rowdy crowd along the streets of Kasese town during a demonstration against the blockage of King Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo district.

Two police officers have been detained for opening fire on a rowdy crowd along the streets of Kasese town during a demonstration against the blockage of King Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo district.

The Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says the two officers opened fire without commanding orders as boda boda riders confronted the police officers on patrol.

There were no causalities as police managed to cool the boda boda riders and none of the civilians has been arrested, according to Onyango.

He however could not tell what charges are being preferred against the two police officers that are being held at the Kasese Central Police station. he also refused to reveal their identities.

Asked about why the King’s palace north of Kasese town has been put under siege, the Police deputy PRO said there was intelligence information that Mumbere would force himself out to the streets to lead his subjects to Bundibugyo district.

He also refuted information that the Kingdom royal guards have been placed under house detention, adding that what happened was just a takeover of the Kingdom administration premises by a superior force.
 
This comes just a day after police chief, General Kale Kayihura blocked Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo for a Peace Day event. The Bamba and Babwisi, who form the majority in Bundibugyo, early this month protested the Rwenzururu King’s visit accusing him of imposing himself on them. A similar a year ago resulted into clashes between Bamba and Bakonzo leaving at least 400 people displaced.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura has met with managers of the three local FM radio stations urging them not to incite violence.

Speaking from Margarita Hotel where he is camped since Thursday, Gen. Kayihura said there is no way the people of Kasese will turn against the order of the president unless they are incited by the media.

He said the media houses risk committing crimes similar to those that led to the closure of CBS radio back in 2009 when the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II was barred from visiting Kayunga district. The radio was closed for over a year.

Hundreds of people are stranded on the streets of Kasese as they wait to hear about what is the next move for the Kingdom officials who had insisted on the journey to Bundibugyo.

The Acting Prime Minister Ivan Syauswa was reportedly drafting a document to release to the media concerning the Kingdom’s final stand on the matter.