The Uganda Government through the ministry of internal affairs has confirmed the arrest of Rwenzururu King and said that he is being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja.

Gen Je Je Odong, the minster of internal affairs during his address to the media defended government’s invasion of the Rwenzururu King’s Palace in Kasese. The minister said that the invasion was necessary because the Omusinga Charles Mumbere refused to cooperate and hand over the perpetrators of violence.

Rwenzururu queen, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, while  visiting  her husband Charles Wesley at Nalufenya police station has called for an end to the violence and asked the Waring parties to dialogue instead of carrying arms against each other. She also called for those arrested to face justice.

The religious council under its umbrella of the inter-religious council has condemned the Rwenzururu palace attack and also called on the government to dialogue with the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere if peace has to return to Kasese.

In the same development, Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza has blamed President Museveni for the ongoing clashes in the district saying he is punishing the locals for not voting NRM in the February 2016 elections.

Winnie Kiiza has also denied allegations of the existence of a rebel group in the area arguing that if such a group exists, then the government must deal with it instead of attacking their cultural leader Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

The UPDF yesterday stormed the palace in an effort to disarm and arrest members of a militia believed to be linked to the kingdom, a scuffle that claimed 46 lives.

 

The clash at the palace has so far left of 50 people killed and 139 arrested