Kabaka Talks Tough On Kasese Killings

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The attack on Rwenzoruru Kingdom brought back memories of Buganda Kingdoms Lubiri attack 50 years ago. On May 24, 1966 Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later.

Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom has come out strongly to criticize the November killings in Kasese district.
 
"The Kingdom is disappointed by the number of people whose lives were claimed in the Kasese unrest," said Kabaka Mutebi. This is carried in his Christmas and New year's message statement released this morning.
 
At least 16 police officers were killed in coordinated attacks on police stations in Kasese district on November 26th.
 
As a result, the army led an offensive against Rwenzururu Kingdom Omusinga's Buhikira palace and administrative offices on November 27th leading to the death of over 50 people who were mostly royal guards.
 
Rwenzururu kingdom's Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested together with at least 146 of his guards. He has since been charged with murder, terrorism, attempted murder, robbery and other offences and is remanded to Luzira prison.
 
In his statement, Kabaka Mutebi tasked government to carry out thorough investigations with a view of bringing culprits to account and find a solution to the endless unrest within the Rwenzori region.
 
The attack on Rwenzururu Kingdom brought back memories of Buganda Kingdom's Lubiri attack 50 years ago. On May 24, 1966 Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later.
 
Meanwhile, Kabaka Mutebi has also expressed concern over the rampant strikes in higher institutions of learning saying that these affect students, parents and lecturers equally.
 
He encouraged dialogue among stakeholders with a view of solving issues that culminated into the strikes. Makerere University has been under lock and key for two months now following a strike by lecturers over their salaries.
 
On the ravaging drought currently experienced in the country, Kabaka appealed to his subjects to respect the environment saying that environmental degradation in different parts of the country is one of the root causes to the current drought and starvation.
 
"The Kingdom urges leaders at different levels to encourage citizens to plant trees and stop encroachment on wetlands," said Kabaka Mutebi.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.