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116 Rwenzururu Royal Guards Released

Police  has today released 116 Rwenzururu Royal Guards who recently surrendered to the gov’t after being promised amnesty.

Over 160 Rwenzururu royal guards have so far surrendered to security agencies in Kasese, three weeks after the arrest of their King Charles Wesley Mumbere.

This is after government extended amnesty to the royal guards suspected to have been involved in clashes with government forces since September in Kabarole and Kasese districts that culminated into the palace attack by the army.

According to Agapitus Ecotu, the Rwenzori East Police Commander, out of 167 who surrendered 165 came from Bukonzo west constituency while 2 came from Kasese municipality.

Many royal guards were arrested by the police and others killed when heavy fire broke out between UPDF soldiers and Rwenzuru kingdom guards at the royal palace in Kasese town.

Over 150 Rwenzururu Royal guards were  charged with treason and remanded to Kirinya and Bugungu Government Prisons until December 28th.

These included among them 19 women and 4 juvenile who were arraigned before Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa alongside their king Charles Wesley Mumbere who had been charged with similar offenses.

According to the state, between March and November 2016, Mumbere together with 151 others plotted to overthrow the government of Uganda by using firearms.

The accused are said to have expressed such a plot by utterances and acts such as attacks on various police attachments, killing police officers, robbing firearms and ammunitions, recruiting and training individuals to join an armed rebel outfit plus attending meetings abroad and attempting to acquire firearms






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