The Members of Parliament from Kasese have faulted former defense minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga for victimising the Rwenzururu kingdom as an enemy of the central government.
The former minister of defence Crispus Kiyonga while appearing on various media houses blamed the current crisis in Kasese on political and cultural opportunists who have been misguiding people in Kasese.
Kiyonga said that the protracted conflicts in Kasese are a result of radicalisation of the populace by leaders who are giving desperate youths false hope.
The palace raid came after talks between Rwenzururu Kingdom officials and government on handing over royal guard suspected of criminality, hit a snag. Over 60 people, including 46 royal guards and some police officers died in the attack.
Kiyonga was one of the Kasese leaders opposed to the restoration of Rwenzururu Kingdom in 2009. For long, government has claimed that the kingdom was harbouring and training militia groups such as Isyamangu and Kirumiramutima. Dr. Kiyonga says most of these groups have been radicalised.
Dr. Kiyonga, the former MP for Bukonzo West since 1980 was defeated in the February elections by Atkins Katusabe of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party that swept all the six parliamentary, and nearly all local council, seats in Kasese.
Some analysts largely blame Dr. Kiyonga’s defeat on his hard stance against Rwenzururu Kingdom.
According to the former defence minister, the attack on the palace was inevitable because President Yoweri Museveni has been extremely patient by indulging in negotiations with Rwenzururu agitators and loyalists since 1986.
Some people have blamed the unending Kasese conflict on alleged marginalisation of the area by government. They add that this is the reason Kasese largely votes for the opposition FDC party.
Dr. Kiyonga disagrees with this assertion and says Kasese district has performed above average in service delivery. He adds that the district has grown faster than many other parts of Uganda.
For now, it’s everyone’s hope that the Rwenzori conflict is resolved soon in a peaceful manner to restore tranquility and normal life in Kasese district.