Parliament to Probe Fresh Tribal Tensions in Kasese, Kayunga

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Buganda Kingdom premier Charles Peter Mayiga on Monday reported fresh tension between the kingdom subjects and the Banyara, a minority tribal group in Kayunga District who want cultural independence and autonomy from Buganda Kingdom.

Parliament's Defence and Internal Affairs committee is to undertake fresh investigations into tribal tensions in Rwenzori region and Kayunga districts.  

The investigations follow a directive by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah in response to concerns raised by Busongora North MP William Nzonghu that political and cultural leaders in Kasese were receiving death threats.

Rwenzori region has been a centre of tribal clashes between different communities in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts over the last four years. The clashes mainly pit the Bakonzo against Basongora and Bamba communities.

The most recollected are the simultaneous attacks led by spear and panga wielding youths attacked government installations in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts on July 5, 2014 killing over 100 people. The most recent is the 2016 post-election violence that claimed over 50 people.

Although there was relative calm in the region over the last three months, MP William Nzonghu says the region is tense, once again.
 
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On the other hand, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze hinted that there was fresh tension building up in Kayunga district between the Baganda and Banyara communities.
 
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However, Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa dismissed the death claims saying that the police and Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF), cannot turn against the people they are supposed to protect.
 
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Based on the issues raised by the legislators, Oulanyah directed the Defence and Internal Affairs committee to carry out investigations in both Kasese and Kayunga and report back to the House with a comprehensive report citing that the previous committee findings on Kasese never got to the floor of the Ninth parliament.
 
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Buganda Kingdom premier Charles Peter Mayiga on Monday reported fresh tension between the kingdom subjects and the Banyara, a minority tribal group in Kayunga District who want cultural independence and autonomy from Buganda Kingdom. Mayiga said that the Banyara had occupied the yard for the Kingdom's Bugerere County headquarters.

 

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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.