Museveni Declines to Discuss Kasese Killings with MPs

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The committee now plans to meet Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King who is on remand in Luzira prison. The committee is expected to report back to parliament on its investigations in a special sitting in January.

President Yoweri Museveni declined to discuss Kasese affairs during his meeting with the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee on Friday, a source has disclosed. On Friday, president, Yoweri Museveni held a closed door meeting with the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee, which is probing the November  26 and 27 Kasese killings.

 
 
The killings prompted the army to raid the palace of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom. During the raid, the army killed 49 Royal guards and arrested Mumbere together with 161 royal guards. Both Mumbere and his guards were arraigned in court in Jinja to answer charges of murder, terrorism, robbery and treason among others.
 
 
As a part of its investigations, the Defense and Internal Affairs Committee led by its chair, Judith Nabakooba, the Mityana Woman Member of parliament met Museveni in closed door meeting on Friday. According to sources, Museveni declined to speak to the MPs on the Kasese killings citing advice from the Attorney General William Byaruhanga.
 
 
The source says after listening to the legislators, Museveni told them he had been advised by the Attorney General not to speak to on the matter, since it is before court. "The President concurred with the Attorney General's advice not to discuss the matter," said one of the legislators.  Adding that, "the committee didn't get what it had expected."
 
 
Earlier on, the same committee had met the Chief of Defense Forces Katumba Wamala, Intelligence Director, General Brigadier Charles Bakhumura, Internal Affairs minister, Jeje Odongo among other stakeholders over the same matters.
 
The committee now plans to meet Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King who is on remand in Luzira prison. The committee is expected to report back to parliament on its investigations in a special sitting in January.
 

 

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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.